As one knows, in India, in addition to the two official languages (Hindi and English), there are also twenty-two national languages that are used by the governments of all of the  Indian states for various administrative purposes. Every year over a thousand films are released in the country, in this field India surpasses even the USA and China. Films are shot in the twelve most commonly-used languages: Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Marathi, Malayalam, Bengali, Gujarati, Oriya, Punjabi, Assam and English. Russian viewers are familiar mostly with Bollywood blockbusters shot in Mumbai, and not everyone has heard about such directors as Satyajit Rey, Mrinal Sen, Ritvik Ghatak, Govindan Aravindan, Adur Gopalakrishnan, Mani Ratnam and Girish Kasaravalli. Their films were practically not released in the Soviet Union, unlike the lucrative Hindi films that starred Raj Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan, Mithun Chakraborty and Shahrukh Khan. 
Nevertheless, films with the participation of these actors became a rarity for the Russian audience back in the 70s-80s, and over the past twenty years Indian cinema has almost completely disappeared from the movie theatres and television screens. In the 90s a new generation of actors and directors took center stage of Indian cinema. They work not only in Hindi in Mumbai, but also in Bengali in Calcutta, Telugu and Tamil in Madras, Kannada in Bangalore, Malayalam in Trivandrum. These new projects will be part of our " Films From Regional  India " program. 
At 39 MIFF  two historical blockbusters will be presented: the fantastic epic picture Baahubali: The Beginning and its sequel Bahubali 2: The Conclusion (39th MIFF Opening Film) . The film Bahubali was shot in Madras (Chennai) in Telugu and Tamil, and was then duplicated  in Hindi and Malayalam. The basis of the film The Magic River in Assam are traditional Assamian folk tales. The Kannada movie U Turn was shot in Bangalore, the capital of the state of Carnatac. The film True Friends was shot in Gujarati. The directorial debut of Koncon Sen Sharma, the daughter of director Aparna Sen, was shot in English, Hindi and Bengali. Viewers of the 39th MIFF will also be interested in the Hindi film Badman, in which world-renown actor Gulshan Grover demonstrates what goes on behind the scenes of  Indian commercial movie industry.
Yuri Korchagov