MFA Film Series to Feature UH President Khator


Indian cinema has long produced provocative and entertaining works. From the groundbreaking techniques of noted auteur Satyajit Ray to energetic Bollywood musicals, the films of India have captured the imaginations of audiences worldwide. Among those enthusiasts is University of Houston President Renu Khator, a native of India, who will share her passion for that country's movies with the Houston community.

Khator will present one of her favorite films, Aparna Sen's "Mr. and Mrs. Iyer," as part of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston "Movies Houstonians Love" series at 7 p.m., Jan. 26. The public is invited. Admission is charged.

Khator joins a list of esteemed guests who have presented films at "Movies Houstonians Love," including Houston Mayor Bill White and former first lady Barbara Bush. For more details, visit

Released in 2002, the film tells the story of Meenakshi, a woman from a conservative Hindu background, who is travelling with her infant son on a bus across India. Also on the bus is Raja, a Muslim, whom she met shortly before their departure. During their trek, the bus makes its way through a countryside torn by sectarian violence. When faced with a hostile anti-Muslim mob, Meenakshi makes the difficult decision to protect Raja by pretending to be his wife for the remainder of their journey.

"This film is beautifully directed, well acted, and tied together with a powerful story," said Khator, who was born in Uttar Pradesh, India. "In less than two hours, the director takes us on a journey that portrays India's incredible diversity mixed with social complexity and individual spirituality. We experience the worst and the best moments in human life while being uplifted to a world of hope and humanity."

WHAT: UH President Renu Khator presents “Mr. and Mrs. Iyer” at
Museum of Fine Arts Houston’s “Movies Houstonians Love”
WHEN: 7 p.m. Jan. 26
WHERE: Museum of Fine Arts Houston
Brown Auditorium in the Caroline Wiess Law Building
1001 Bissonnet St.
Houston, TX 77005
WHO: Museum of Fine Arts Houston