Celebrate India week on SBS TWO

SBS TWO has a showcase of Indian films coming up in early March as part of Celebrate India week.

It will air the following flicks including Salaam Namaste filmed in Melbourne, with Tania Zaetta.

Mon Mar 1
9pm: Film: Water – Tonight’s film follows the plight of two child widows in India, forced to lead a life of poverty in a widow ashram. Here, the older widows force the younger into prostitution to earn money for the maintenance of the temple. When one young widow is given a chance to remarry she realises the father of her beloved is one of her clients. Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2007. Directed by Deepa Mehta and stars Sarala, Lisa Ray and John Abraham. (From India in Hindi with English subtitles) (Drama) 2006 (Rpt) M (A) WS

Tue Mar 2
9pm: Film: Devdas – one of the most lavish and expensive Bollywood films ever made. This is the sweeping tale of two soul mates, childhood sweethearts Devdas and Paro, whose love is thwarted by India’s rigid class structure. Young Devdas is sent to study in London by his wealthy father. On his return, love blossoms again, but the families oppose the romance. Directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and stars Shahrukh Khan and Aishwarya Rai. (From India in Hindi, English subtitles) (Bollywood Musical) 2002 (Rpt) PG WS

Wed Mar 3
9pm: Parineeta – Tonight’s film is set in 1962 on the eve of the lavish wedding of Shekhar to Gayatri. Shekhar is more interested in music and is in love with Lolita, the girl who lives next door. Directed by Pradeep Sarkar, and stars Saif Ali Khan, Sanjay Dutt and Vidya Balan. (From India, in Hindi, English subtitles) (Musical) 2005 (Rpt) PG WS

Thu Mar 4
9pm: Salaam Namaste. The first Bollywood movie to be filmed entirely in Australia is tonight’s Celebrate India week offering. Nick, a chef, and Ambar, a radio jock, fall for each other in Melbourne. Surrounded by quirky friends, bosses and landlords, but far away from home, Nick and Amber take a huge leap of faith as they decide to move in together. At first, they are just friends, but soon a relationship develops. They seem to want the same things, but they have very little in common. Stars Saif Ali Khan, Preity Zinta and Australia’s Tania Zaetta. (From India in Hindi and English, English subtitles) (Musical Bollywood) 2005 (Rpt) M (A,) CC WS

Fri Mar 5
9pm: Film: Om Shanti Om – The final Celebrate India film for the week is an irresistible Bollywood musical comedy seasoned with satire, vibrant colours, invigorating music and catchy dance sequences. Shahrukh Khan stars as the love struck film extra Om who, reincarnated after a tragic death, searches for his lost love: superstar Shanti. Directed by Farah Khan and stars Shah Rukh Khan, Shreyas Talpade, Arjun Rampal and Deepika Padukone. (From India, in Hindi and English, English subtitles) (Bollywood Musical) 2007 (Rpt) M (V) WS


  1. I wish we would have such a nice selection of good Indian films! These are hard to find both in the US and impossible to find at all in Central America. All we can get – if we are lucky – are US/UK imitations of Bollywood movies.

    Boeing/Eakthip – U back in Aussieland?

  2. Adrienne Zinn

    Ridiculous! How about some new stuff (Dev D) art stuff (Being Cyrus, Mr & Mrs Iyer) Old stuff (Mamo). What’s bloody wrong with SBS? There is so much happening in parallel cinema, which largely goes unnoticed…. Why?????

  3. Please get serious about Indian culture and start with some new movies or really old classics. India makes more than 1000 movies a year and some are bigger than Hollywood.

  4. So the exact same Indian films they show Every time they do an ‘Indian special’ You would think SBS would showcase more Indian films than they do considering it’s the largest film industry in the world, i don’t get it.

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