While many filmgoers immediately associate representation of India’s cinema first and foremost with the colorful, danceable rom-coms of Bollywood, a smaller group of writers, directors and actors look toward a more cutting edge. Eleven such works are featured in Rice University’s festival Experimental Films From India. Among them are Sunday’s The World of Groopy and Bagha and The Honor Keeper. Groopy is an animated feature about two musicians banished from their respective kingdoms for playing dreadful music. They meet and are given magical powers to make them play better but find themselves caught between a warring king and his long-lost brother (the screening is followed by a question-and-answer session with director Shilpa Ranade). Honor Keeper is a live-action love story set in a desert village where a group of women, while on their daily walk for water, sing and discuss their hidden desires. “Indian Music follows the principle of repetition, a motion in time of an essentially circular nature,” director Pushpendra Singh notes on the film’s web-site. “And the film has been structured following the same principle...”
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Screening times vary. Daily. Through April 13. Rice University, 6100 Main. For information, call 713-348-4882 or visit ricecinema.rice.edu. Free.
Fri., April 4, 7 & 9 p.m.; Sat., April 5, 7 & 9 p.m.; Sun., April 6, 5 & 7 p.m., 2014