Film Aaj Kal Screenings & Conversations: A Saeed Akhtar Mirza Retrospective
Curated by: NFDC & 92.7 BigFM

NFDC & 92.7 BigFM in association with the G5A Foundation for Contemporary Culture present Film Aaj Kal Screenings & Conversations – a Saeed Akhtar Mirza Retrospective, playing at the G5A Black Box.

Film Aaj Kal Screenings and Conversations gives not just viewers but also discerning filmmakers the chance to explore alternate film destinations and also actively engage in conversations around cinema – without limiting these discussions to a Master Class or a workshop.

The schedule is as follows:

12:00 PM

Arvind Desai Ki Ajeeb Dastan

1978 | Drama | 110 min | Hindi

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Dilip Dhawan, Anjali Paigankar, Shreeram Lagoo, Sulabha

Deshpande, Om Puri, Satish Shah, Rohini Hattangadi



Saeed Akhtar Mirza


Arvind Desai is the only son of a rich businessman who deals in

luxury handicraft products. His feelings for his father are mixed.

While he hates his dominating nature, he admires his power and

lack of scruples. He has long discussions on art and politics with

a Marxist friend. He is seeing his father’s secretary, Alice and

sometimes he visits a prostitute, Fatima. His marriage is arranged

to a girl from a high-class family much to Alice’s mother’s dismay.

She realizes that Alice was nothing more than a passing fancy for


Awards & Festival Participation

Filmfare Critics Award 1979 - Best Film


4:00 PM


1995 | Social | 120 min | Hindi

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Kaifi Azmi, Surekha Sikri, Mayoori Kango, Kulbhushan




Saeed Mirza


Naseem means the morning breeze. It’s the name of a young girl

who lives with her family in Bombay. The year is 1992. This was

the year when India, as a nation, went through traumatic times. A

mosque was demolished and the riots, slaughter and savagery

that followed have left wounds that will take years to heal.


Awards & Festival Participation

National Award, 1995 – Best Direction, Best Screenplay | Silver

“R” Award – Rimmi Cinema International Film Festival, Italy

Indian Panorama – International Film Festival of India, 1996 | Indian

Film Programme, Amsterdam, 1998 | Singapore International Film

Festival, 1997 | Sydney International Film Festival, 1996 | Drambule

Film Festival, UK, 1996 | Vancouver Film Festival, Canada, 1996

| Welsh Film Festival, UK, 1996 | Birmingham International Film

Festival, UK, 1996 | Dublin International Film Festival, Ireland,



6:00 PM

Salim Langde Pe Mat Ro [Don’t Cry For Salim The


1989 | Social | 120 min | Hindi

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Pavan Malhotra, Makarand Deshpande, Ashutosh Gowariker,

Rajendra Gupta, Neelima Azim, Vikram Gokhale & Surekha Sikri



Saeed Akhtar Mirza


Salim, the young man with a limp, inhabits a twilight zone. At one

level, he belongs to a respectable, proud, though desperately

poor, family. Salim’s roots go deep into this congested,

impoverished Muslim neighbourhood. But Salim has also

discovered another world, a world of deceptive charm and fatal

allurement – organized crime, where a little intimidation, flashing

of a knife, unspoken threats of concrete ‘mob’ action, bring in

quick, easy bucks. Tears, and the price to be paid, come later.


Awards & Festival Participation

National Award, 1989 – Best Hindi Feature Film, Best

Cinematography | BFJA Award, 1990 – Best Cameraman | Special

Mention by the FIPRESCI – Jury of the Tokyo International Film

Festival, Japan, 1989

Iran Film Festival, 1990 | London International Film Festival, UK,

1990 | Cairo International Film Festival, Egypt, 1990 | Indian

Panorama, International Film Festival of India, 1990


The screenings are a part of a 360 degree initiative, which also features a radio show called Film Aaj Kal airing on 92.7 BigFM every Sunday from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM.


The Black Box

  • We request you to bring warm clothes as it gets chilly inside the Black Box as temperatures need to be controlled at optimum levels as per technical requirements
  • Food, beverages and water are strictly prohibited inside the Black Box. Please do not carry them in your bags either
  • Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Please do come at least 15 minutes prior to the show and enjoy a good cup of coffee at PORT
  • No Late Entries will be allowed
  • Latecomers can only be allowed in at intermission or at an appropriate pause in the program and as per the instructions of the organizers




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