Dil Se at UCSB (05/02/12): CLICK TO ENLARGE

In honor of our Golden Anniversary celebrating 50 Years of People-Powered Radio, KCSB’s free “Popped Culture: Radio Goes to the Movies” spring series presents noteworthy motion pictures that feature radio as a key element.

On Thursday, May 3rd, at the “Bollywood Bowl” (aka the UCSB Music Bowl) starting at 8pm, our next “Popped Culture” event marks the return engagement of a film that originally premiered in Santa Barbara in the fall of 2000:

Dil Se.. (From the Heart) (Mani Ratnam, 1998, India: 158 minutes)

Thursday, May 3rd, 8pm: outdoors at UCSB’s Music Bowl (aka “The Bollywood Bowl”)

The clash between love and ideology is portrayed in this love story between a radio executive and a beautiful revolutionary. Dil Se is an Hindi film that was an international success, with elaborate dance sequences featuring the music of A.R. Rahman, Oscar-winning composer of “Jai Ho” (Slumdog Millionaire).

The night will feature a live DJ-set by hosts from KCSB’s “India Show.” Other surprises are also in store. This event is co-sponsored by UCSB’s Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Music (CISM).

The UCSB Music Bowl is an intimate outdoor amphitheater within the Department of Music facility at the University of California, Santa Barbara campus.

Just bring snacks, padding, added warmth, and a love of cinema and music to this free film screening at UCSB!

Here’s what UCSB Arts & Lectures had to say about Dil Se the first time around:

The first Indian film to enter the British Top Ten Films list

A richly visual ode to unrequited love blending melodrama, musical comedy and political commentary, this Hindi film chronicles the relationship of a radio journalist and the terrorist operative with whom he falls in love.

An entertaining blend of melodrama, musical comedy and political thriller… The story of a radio journalist who falls in love with a terrorist operative after a brief chance encounter, it features a rapturous musical score, appealing visual imagery, and several surprising and sensational musical numbers, including one in which hundreds of travelers break into a death-defying dance routine atop a moving train. Directed by Mani Ratnam, Dil Se.. is the first Indian film ever to reach the British Top Ten Films list….