Pleasures Prejudice Pride: An Indian Way of Filmmaking




Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh is delighted to present a free screening of a new documentary 'Pleasures Prejudice Pride: An Indian Way of Filmmaking', followed by a discussion panel featuring the director, Dr Piyush Roy and author, poet and key contributor to the film, Professor Bashabi Fraser. The discussion will be Chaired by Dr J Mark Percival, Senior Lecturer in Media at Queen Margaret University.

Piyush's film asks a number of provocative questions, including: ​

  • Why do Western audiences love the very aspects of popular Indian cinema that Western critics dismiss as pastiche?
  • Is song and dance an inferior form of storytelling?
  • Can there be standardised parameters for reviewing diverse national cinemas?
  • Who sets those benchmarks?
  • Do films from colonised nations suffer from post-colonial racism?

The film has been travelling through Indian academic spaces since early 2019. The UK tour (in September-October 2019) will mark the film's first international showcase followed by an East Asian Universities tour later this year.

Please do join us for this very special screening and discussion.

Tickets are free through Eventbrite but booking is essential:

  • Discussion Panellists

Piyush Roy

Piyush Roy is a curator, a film critic and filmmaker, and was awarded a PhD from Edinburgh University in 2016 for his Thesis, 'The Aesthetics of Emotional Acting: An Argument for a Rasa-based Criticism of Indian Cinema and Television'. Piyush is also former editor of Stardust and StarWeek, he has worked in senior reporting positions with leading Indian dailies (The Indian Express, Hindustan Times) and has been published in The Times of India Crest Edition, The Asian Age, Society magazine, Screen and The New Indian Express, authoring over 500 media publications.


Bashabi Fraser

Bashabi Fraser is a poet, children’s writer, translator, critic and editor and Professor of English and Creative Writing at Napier University. She is widely published, and her works include the moving 'Letters To My Mother and Other Mothers' (2015) and the epic poem, 'From The Ganga To The Tay' (2009).


Mark Percival

J Mark Percival is Senior Lecturer in Media at Queen Margaret University, with special interests in broadcasting and in popular music. He is an active musician and was (in another life) a music broadcaster at BBC Radio Scotland.

Event Details

Location Queen Margaret University Campus Queen Margaret University Drive Musselburgh EH21 6UU
Date & Time Start 14 October 2019
6:30pm End 14 October 2019
Cost Free Event but registration is essential via Eventbrite, see main text for details