DAYASAGAR - dir. Vijayachandar 1979
What's Easter without a religious epic after you've gorged yourself on chocolate eggs - so how could you go wrong with a vibrant, day-glo Bollywood version of the Passion Play? I heard about this version of the Jesus story on a fairly run-of-the-mill Channel 4 documentary "The Passion : Films, Faith & Fury" screened last night (and repeated on Friday 20th April at 1:40am). A quick search on google reveals the entire film is available to view online at the following site, if you have two hours to spare :
From what little I've seen, it's a pretty interesting production, with some great musical numbers and wild special effects.
If you need convincing about the propaganda value of film, supposedly seven million people in India have converted to Christianity after viewing Dayasagar (Ocean of Mercy) - the producers having screened the movie on bed sheets in remote villages all over the country!