The Australia India Institute and the Melbourne International Film Festival are proud to present a series of Indian films in this year's festival under the title of Not Quite Bollywood.
These cutting-edge realistic Indian films present a different view of contemporary Indian culture and show that there is much more going on in the Indian film world than just the very famous Bollywood films.
Not Quite Bollywood consists of five films:
The Well - A film by Umesh Kulkarni (The Wild Bull) explores children's experience of grief and loss. This film is part of a new wave of Marathi cinema, the oldest film industry in India, which focuses on bold realism and quality world cinema. Friday 30 July, The Forum, 2.20pm.
Peepli Live - A film by first-time filmmaker Anusha Rizvi, Peepli Live is a biting social satire which puts a comedic spin on a dark issue facing India today. Friday 6 August, Regent Theatre, 7.30pm.
LSD - Director Dibakar Banerjee's triptych of quirky tales challenged Indian audiences with its new take on cinematic taboos. One of the first all-digital films to break through to mainstream Indian cinema, LSD presents a mix of sex, lies and videotape. Wednesday 28 July, Greater Union Cinemas, 7pm and Friday 30 July, Greater Union Cinemas, 7pm.
Ishqiya - Set in the Indian countryside this film is a light-hearted comedy mixing fast-paced action with desire, greed and revenge. Sunday 1 August, Greater Union Cinemas, 4.45pm.
The Japanese Wife - A film by Aparna Sen. This is a critically acclaimed film about blind love and eternal hope. Friday 23 July, The Forum, 2.30pm and Tuesday 3 August, The Kino, 9.15pm.