India has one of the world’s richest and most prolific film industries. Throughout 2017, the British Film Institute celebrates the diversity of Indian filmmaking and films about India, from Bollywood to Tollywood (home of Telugu and Bengali cinema) – in cinemas and online.

The programme includes previews of the biggest new movies, independent cinema and restorations of classic titles, and opportunities to meet stars and filmmakers.

You can access the latest film schedeule here.

India on Film (1899-1947): Treasures from the BFI National Archive

The BFI India on Film (1899-1947) collection provides access to extremely rare films of India, which have survived from the earliest days of cinema. The BFI National Archive holds and cares for the largest collection of early films of India, unmatched anywhere in the world. This visual record of early 20th century India offers a unique factual account of a place and time where virtually nothing else exists, giving new audiences an eye opening insight into the people, places, traditions and most famous landmarks of India.

Newly digitised specifically as part of UK/India 2017, a year-long celebration of the long-standing relationship between India and the UK, BFI are partnering with the British Council on the simultaneous online launch in UK and India, via BFI Player (for UK viewers) and the BFI YouTube Channel, enabling audiences in India and internationally, an opportunity to access and engage with the online collection online. 


BFI India on Film
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