JOUR­NEY WITH PRAB­HAT

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(Sa­marth Dixit, Jes­sica Sadana, In­dia). 89 min­utes. Rat­ing: NNN Es­tab­lished in 1929 when five em­ploy­ees of the gi­ant Ma­ha­rash­tra Film Com­pany de­cided to go off on their own, Prab­hat be­came the more dar­ing pro­duc­tion house of In­dia’s early sound era. ( Think of it as the United Artists of the Sub­con­ti­nent.) It was shut­tered in 1953 and re­opened as the Film In­sti­tute of In­dia a decade later, and film­mak­ers who are old enough to re­mem­ber it re­count its his­tory, ac­com­pa­nied by frag­ments of its films.

There are some good sto­ries to be told, but di­rec­tors Sa­marth Dixit and Jes­sica Sadana are per­haps a lit­tle too in­dul­gent of their sub­jects, who speak in long, dry mono­logues.

If you’re an In­dian cinema com­pletist, that prob­a­bly won’t be an is­sue. But the ca­sual viewer might find it a bit dull. Apr 24, 2: 30 pm, Sco­tia­bank 3; Apr 26, 4 pm, In­nis

Jour­ney With Prab­hat

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