RK/RKAY (Dir. Rajat Kapoor, India, 2021) – Satirical Reflexivity

When we invited film director Rajat Kapoor to Manchester in 2017 as part of the first season of ‘Not Just Bollywood’, one of the things that came to light during our several conversations was his love of Federico Fellini. In many ways, RK/RKay is Rajat’s Eight and a Half (63) – a darkly comical love… Continue reading RK/RKAY (Dir. Rajat Kapoor, India, 2021) – Satirical Reflexivity

GURGAON (Dir. Shanker Raman, 2017, India) – The Horrors of Economic Liberalization

Gurgaon is a vicious, nihilistic denunciation of India’s on going project of economic liberalization. I didn’t know much about Gurgaon but I soon discovered it is an emerging place for business and technology. This may not be important to our viewing pleasure but this film is very much about what Gurgaon symbolises in India right… Continue reading GURGAON (Dir. Shanker Raman, 2017, India) – The Horrors of Economic Liberalization

MACHINES (Dir. Rahul Jain, 2016, India/Germany/Finland)

The worker as machine is not a new phenomenon. It goes as far back as the industrial revolution. But I have to admit though. I thought this documentary was going to be about the singularity of the physical, industrial and technological symbolism of machines. It still is in some respects. But Rahul Jain trains his… Continue reading MACHINES (Dir. Rahul Jain, 2016, India/Germany/Finland)