Indian Cinema @100: Lights, camera, experiment!

By HT

Mumbai, June 24 -- This year witnessed several celebrations marking the centenary of Indian cinema, but none of them were probably as unique as Films Division's upcoming cinematic extravaganza - '100 Years of Experimentation: Retrospective of Indian Cinema and Video'. The three-day festival, featuring over 50 films and 18 hours of film programming, will unearth some of the rarest works in their original formats - 16 mm, 35 mm and digital, most of which are virtually impossible to acquire otherwise. It is a creative venture to acknowledge 'experimental narratives' and to draw a clear distinction between popular cinema and offbeat works.

"The term 'experimental' has often been misused in the public sphere by the populists and the media. Anything beyond mainstream is stamped as experimental. For inst