ISLAND CITY (Dir. Ruchika Oberoi, 2015, India)

The worker as drone is a familiar enough image these days, ubiquitous with the way corporate companies suffocate the life out of its employees so that they can maximise profits. The worker drone, dispossessed of all pleasure, is drolly captured in Ruchika Oberoi’s portmanteau Island City. The first story eponymously titled ‘The Fun Committee’ is… Continue reading ISLAND CITY (Dir. Ruchika Oberoi, 2015, India)

EK DOCTOR KI MAUT / DEATH OF A DOCTOR (Dir. Tapan Sinha, 1990, India) – Victims of the State

Bengali director Tapan Sinha had a prolific career, steadily working outside the mainstream on a range of socially engaged projects. In 2009, he sadly passed away at the age of 84, leaving behind a body of work that remains some what undiscovered and unrecognised. ‘The Films of Tapan Sinha’ by Subhajit Ghosh provides an excellent,… Continue reading EK DOCTOR KI MAUT / DEATH OF A DOCTOR (Dir. Tapan Sinha, 1990, India) – Victims of the State

NASEEM / MORNING BREEZE (Dir. Saeed Akhtar Mirza, 1995, India)

Saeed Akhtar Mirza retired from filmmaking in 1995 with Naseem. It was an unexpected departure for a filmmaker who had been a key player in the parallel cinema movement. Was it creative exhaustion or disillusionment with the corrosive wider social and political dimensions that led to Mirza’s departure? Mirza says he felt like he had… Continue reading NASEEM / MORNING BREEZE (Dir. Saeed Akhtar Mirza, 1995, India)

SATTAWIS DOWN / 27 DOWN (Awtar Krishna Paul, 1973, India) – Trains

Financed by the NFDC, Awtar Krishna Paul’s debut film 27 Down signalled much promise but his career was tragically cut short when he died while trying to save someone from drowning. 27 Down is a restoration by the NFDC and has been released on DVD under its new Cinemas of India label. Beautifully shot in… Continue reading SATTAWIS DOWN / 27 DOWN (Awtar Krishna Paul, 1973, India) – Trains