Previously at the ICA - Films
29 Jun 2014
M.S. Sathyu’s Garm Hava (Hot Winds) is one of the most poignant Indian films ever made on India’s partition. The film portrays the impact of partition on ordinary Muslims who chose to remain in India after the politically motivated division.
Based on an unpublished story by famous Urdu writer Ismat Chugtai, the story was developed and scripted by Urdu poet and film lyricist Kaifi Azmi. Garm Hava unravels the conflict of Salim Mirza played remarkably by famous Indian actor, Balraj Sahni. His performance as an angst-ridden muslim man who refuses to go to Pakistan was billed as the finest performance of his career and, dying soon after filming, was also his last. Due to its politically sensitive theme, the film was held up at the censors for eight months and remains a seminal work on this anxious and difficult period.
Co-curated with the South Asian Cinema Foundation and with an introduction and Q&A with the foundation’s director Lalit Mohan Joshi.
Anxiety Arts Festival London 2014 explores the myriad perceptions and experiences of anxiety on screen across London throughout June.
Garm Hava (Hot Winds), dir. MS Satyu, India 1973, 146mins
Please note that all films are 18+ unless otherwise specified