For a Political Cinema to Come

film-on-indira-gandhi-killingPolitical film-making and alternative cinema have been closely connected in India. The current crisis of the political film, therefore, should owe as much to the institutional crisis of alternative film practices as to the exhaustion of a mode of radical political imagination. The near absence of political film-making in India (I am speaking here of the industrial fiction films, not documentaries) corresponds to the absence of an alternative film sector in the industry. The last appears especially strange in the light of the fact that we produce 1,000 odd feature films a year in several languages, with a remarkable concentration of skills and talent in the major production centres; and also in view of the fact that, independent artistic schools of film-making have experienced a worldwide resurgence over the last two decades, with Asia playing a major part. India has managed to remain unaffected, while Iran, China, Korea, Thailand, Philippines and Vietnam have made major contributions to this resurgence.

In the light of Kaum De Heere – a Punjabi film based on the lives of former PM Indira Gandhi’s assassins – being barred from its scheduled August release, here’s an interesting article first appearing on Economic and Political Weekly pointing out the problems of Political Film-making in India.


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