New York | A prestigious museum here will honour acclaimed Indian director Mani Ratnam with a special tribute, which it said has been long overdue for the important filmmaker. Ratnam, 59, will make a rare appearance at the Museum of the Moving Image for the tribute from July 31August 2 during which three of his acclaimed films Roja, Bombay and Dil Se will be showcased.
The museum described Ratnam as that rarest of film directors who is capable of making exquisitely crafted, hugely entertaining, yet intelligent and provocative films on a range of social and political issues. The special tribute will feature Ratnam in person with a trilogy of films that follow lovers against a backdrop of Indian politics.
The series is titled Politics as Spectacle: The Films of Mani Ratnam and the director will participate in conversations after each film. Richard Pena, Director Emeritus, New York Film Festival and Professor of Film Studies at Columbia University said a New York tribute to this important filmmaker is long overdue. The false dichotomies that are used to categorise filmsart vs commercial cinema, entertainment vs political filmmakingdisappear when one sees how easily Mani Ratnam is able to combine aspects of all of them into his work, Pena said.
Museum’s Deputy Director for Development Christina Marouda said the tribute offers audiences, both devoted fans and new viewers, a rare opportunity to see his films on the big screen. The museum hasalsohosted Oscar-winning composer AR Rahman earlier this year, showcasing the world premier of his documentary’Jai Ho’ to a packed theatre.
Last year, veteran Indian actor Om Puri was honoured by the museum for his contribution to cinema.
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