Continuing its romance with world cinema, Makkal TV is all set to bring some Russian feature films to the C&S households of Tamil Nadu and rest of India. The channel’s earlier initiative of airing Iranian films such as ‘A Place to Live’, ‘Barren’, ‘Mother’s Guest’, and ‘Zakira’ was well received by its viewers.
“We have yet again proved wrong a popular hypothesis that only popular Tamil feature films go down well with the masses. The kind of response we got for world cinema is encouraging and we are confident about the reception these Russian films would generate,” said Carmel, Vice-President, Programming, Makkal TV.
The channel has collaborated with the Russian Centre of Culture & Science for this venture and is set to telecast two Russian films every month, starting April 27. “Given that 2008 is being celebrated by the Russians in India as ‘Year of Russia in India’, we couldn’t have a more appropriate time for this exercise,” Carmel added.
The first Russian movie (with Tamil sub-titles) to be telecast on April 27 is ‘The Dawns Here Are Quiet’, which is directed by Stanislav Rostosky. Released in 1972, the film’s story revolves around World War II, when Russian women were caught in a social dilemma of being homemakers and warriors simultaneously. ‘The Dawns Here Are Quiet’ also seeks to break the popular conception that a war movie is usually about bombs, tanks and barbed wires.