Friday, October 03, 2008

The Pratilipi Cinema Series

The October issue of Pratilipi is live. Starting with this issue, they will run two essays on cinema with each issue.

This month, Paromita Vohra and Surabhi Sharma have contributed essays. And my Introduction.

And, of course, many familiar names there: Chandrahas, Anindita, Meena et al.

Go read.

6 comments:

km said...

Very interesting column.

Now tell me where can I find a copy of "India '67" and "I am twenty"? (Searching for visual documentation about India in the Nineteen-sixties is a bit of an obsession of mine...)

Space Bar said...

km: This is not authoritative, but since they were both FD films, the next time you're in Bombay you could try the FD office on Pedder Road. Not sure how comprehensive their site is...

Alok said...

that was a nice introduction and the article by paromita vohra was also quite good. I have seen Anand Patwardhan's Father Son and the Holy War, which is really one of the best documentaries I have ever seen. I saw it in Bangalore with Patwardhan himself in attendance for after screening Q&A. I have always wanted to see his other earlier works and of course "War and Peace" too.

I am curious if you would have a list of great indian documentaries, some kind of "canon" or do you think if there can be anything like that in Indian context? Of course locating them on DVD would be a pain too...

ras said...

you know what would be cool? Getting them out on DVDs, the likes of India '67, etc. All of us cashing in a few and getting it in one of the media formats. heck, at least, it might survive as a bootleg in the years to come, if not in distribution. wishful thinking? hopeful? hopeless? not much work and worries one too many less? what say?

km said...

@Ras: Great idea. Though I think stuff like that deserves to be on the web, not on a shiny plastic disc. Better chance of it surviving.

Space Bar said...

Alok: Thanks. And no, no canon. That actually makes documentaries made now very interesting because the whole thing is so fluid.

But will certainly compile a list of must-sees.

ras: The old films are, unfortunately, not on DVD. Not unless FD has got its act together. The new ones are all available on Vikalp or the Delhi Film Archive.