Today was the day Bollywood came to Bradford – and it sure made itself known! Our often rainy Yorkshire town was transformed by the scorching sun that had a few audience members grabbing their chairs and running for the shelter of the nearby trees. Those who braved the heat were rewarded with one of India’s most popular films, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, which has not been out of the cinema in its home country since its initial release in 1995. It tells the story of British-Indians Simran and Raj, who meet on a trip across Europe and (after a few mishaps) fall in love. This was BFFF’s first Bollywood screening, and we’re thrilled to say it has been a success! In addition to our crowd of film fans, scores of Bradfordians were out and about in City Park, enjoying the heatwave in the cool water of the Mirror Pool’s fountains.
While technical issues had many of us behind-the-scenes twitching nervously, we’re thankful that our dedicated technicians were able to save the day and ensure all went smoothly – as they say in showbiz, the show must go on!
Fingers crossed the weather will hold for our final screening of the festival next week, when we will be showing a double-bill of family favourites Minions and Big Hero 6. Let’s make Bradford Family Film Festival 2016 go out with a bang!
City of Film would like to offer many thanks to Asian Sunday and Yash Raj films for their support with today’s screening of DDLJ.