JOURNEY WITH PRABHAT
(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