(Update: Event at the Hilt – Meet the Real Heroes: Doctor Prakash Amte and Doctor Manda Amte on Sunday 13th September 2015)
When do you get to see a Hampshire film premiere in Chandler’s Ford?
Tonight, my family will be attending the Hampshire premiere of the Hindi film Hemalkasa by Samruddhi Porey at Hiltingbury Community Centre (The Hilt) at 7.30pm.
The director, producer, and funder of the film Samruddhi Porey will also be attending. She will be holding a Q&A at the end of the movie.
The venue can only sit 150 people for the film. It’s a rare opportunity and if you would like a taste of Indian films, don’t miss this award-winning Hindi film Hemalkasa tonight.
Why is Hemalkasa coming to Chandler’s Ford?
The film is brought to The Hilt, thanks to the India Welfare Forum and Dr Ashok Rokade of Chandler’s Ford.
Like me, you may be wondering why Chandler’s Ford is chosen as the location for the Hampshire film premiere.
Incredible link: Chandler’s Ford to India
Trustee of The Hilt Roger Clark told me an interesting link of Chandler’s Ford to the film.
Hemalkasa is based on the true story of Dr. Prakash Baba Amte and his wife Dr. Mandakini Amte. They dedicated their lives to a project for the development of tribal people of Maharashtra in India.
In the early nineties, Dr Ashok Rokade worked a sabbatical at the Hemalkasa hospital and his friendship with Dr Prakash Amte developed. The people and the project shown in the film is close to Dr Rokade’s heart, so he is bringing the film to Chandler’s Ford tonight.
The Indian delights
Before, during the interval, and after the film tonight, there will be sales of Indian snacks. One snack is a typical fare from the region being portrayed in the movie – a kind of potato burger.
Drinks will include tea and coffee. Ice creams will feature in the interval. Alcohol will not be permitted or sold. Part of the sales will be donated to the Hemalkasa project.
The cost tonight is £10 for adults. All of which will go to the hospital in Hemalkasa to buy medicines and equipment to support the community.
Car parking will be tight as there is an Indian birthday party happening in the Scout Hut. If you can then please walk.
The interval will be at 80 mins and the second part of the movie will be 56 mins.
Film classification, anyone?
Roger also told me that as the movie has not been released anywhere yet so he couldn’t advise a classification. There will be family groups there tonight with the children sitting on the floor at the front.
Roger said, “Be aware that there will be small scenes of violence, others of emotional content and yes some field hospital scenes. Also lot of warm fuzzy moments and humour.”
Make sure you stay through the credits as there some original photos that are really worth seeing.
Being a Premiere Movie the dress code is, as it was in London for the UK two days ago, smart casual.
Update 20th July 2014: