This week we celebrate two different strands of Indian cinema, looking at the past and the vibrant present. First, we look at the landmark Film at Lincoln Center retrospective for Ritwik Ghatak, director of The Cloud-Capped Star, A River Called Titas, and other films. For that part of the discussion, we’ll be joined by two of the series programmers, Moinak Biswas and former Film at Lincoln Center director of programming Richard Peña.

For the second half of the episode, we’ll be talking about the Tamil filmmaker Vetri Maaran with R. Emmet Sweeney, who wrote about the director’s bloody portraits of South India in our new November-December issue. Our special guest host for the episode is FC assistant editor Devika Girish.