Capital Celluloid 2020 — Day 86: Wed Oct 7

The Disciple (Tamhane, 2020): BFI Player 9-9.30pm

64th LONDON FILM FESTIVAL (7th - 18th October 2020) DAY 1

Every day (from October 7th to October 18th) I will be selecting the best London Film Festival each day that you can catch on the BFI i-Player service. Here is the LFF's main website for the general information you need.

The Disciple review: Having wowed international festival audiences with his acclaimed debut Court (LFF2014), Chaitanya Tamhane returns to the LFF with his mesmerizing second feature, presenting a radically original view of Mumbai where streets ebb and flow to the mesmeric sounds of classical ragas. Aditya Modak plays the student of an elderly sage (Arun David) who teaches a form of Indian classical singing. The old man pushes his apprentice to improve his voice and informs him that to achieve greatness he must forgo ego and a material life. This worldview troubles the student and it conflicts with the mindset of a city where, for many, the desire for fame and success is everything. Aided in no small part by lush cinematography and an unforgettable score, Tamhane’s drama offers up a compellingly complex examination of tradition, discipline, ambition and the creative impulse. Cary Rajinder Sawhney

Here (and above) is the trailer.