...and if you're nice, I'll let you watch them for free.
Okay, you can watch at least five of them for free anyway. Follow this link to Jaman.com and sign up, at which point you'll get the standard three free rentals for all new account plus a bonus five. (If you already have an account, you'll still get five more free rentals just for participating in this special promotion of Indian films.)
If you're new to NFDC films, like I am, here are the NFDC website and some information about Jaman's collection of NFDC movies. And because I don't know diddly about this arm of Indian cinema other than Ray, let me just copy and paste from the press release so that you get the right information:
So far I've only watched Massey Saheb, about an Indian clerk during the British Raj, which I chose because when I was in grad school in Toronto I lived in a place called Massey College, endowed by the tractor/actor/government uppity-up family, and it had a delightfully Anglophile culture to it, and I wondered if the name of the character in the movie was making a reference to that family (though why it would be I have no idea - perhaps a branch of the Canadian Masseys was in India). I look forward to seeing more.
Jaman and India’s National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) Sign Partnership to Premiere 30 Films Online
Definitive works of Indian Cinema from Notable Directors including Satyajit Ray, Shyam Benegal and Mrinal Sen to premiere on Jaman.com
San Mateo, California, May 31, 2007 – Jaman.com, the leading online community for world cinema announced a 30 film distribution deal with the National Film Development Corporation (NFDC). The NFDC is India’s foremost film institution, known for producing some of the most notable films in Indian cinema.
Under the agreement, the films of India’s most internationally acclaimed directors will be available for download for the first time ever. Jaman will deliver these feature-length films in hi-def, directly to viewers around the world. The collection includes 3 films from Satyajit Ray, regarded as one of the most important filmmakers in the history of cinema....
The long-term Jaman and NFDC deal will kick off with 30 worldwide premieres, including the following titles:
- Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron - Kundan Shah, director
- Agantuk - Satyajit Ray, director
- Mammo - Shyam Benegal, director
- Main Zinda Hoon - Sudhir Mishra, director
- Salim Langde Pe Mat Ro - Saeed Mirza, director
- Antareen - Mrinal Sen, director
- Mirch Masala - Ketan Mehta, director
- Arimpara - Murali Nair, director
- Yugant - Aparna Sen, director
- Party - Govind Nihalani, director
- Tahadar Katha - Buddhadev Dasgupta, director
- Tok Jhal Misti - Basu Chatterjee, director
The National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) is the Indian government’s primary agency dedicated to promoting excellence in Cinema. Over the years the NFDC has provided a wide range of services essential to the growth of Indian cinema. The NFDC (and its predecessor the Film Finance Corporation) has funded / produced over 300 films. These widely acclaimed films have won many national and international awards.
Or, you know, just hang out with me and bash Kudrat (press play to see the awesome engagement party song).