Documentaries do not get theatre releases in India. The audience therefore is oblivious to the good work that happens in this area. Film Festivals are therefore one of the few platforms where we get to watch some documentaries. The recently held Habitat Film Festival screened the documentary THE MAN WHO DWARFED THE MOUNTAINS. This is based on Chandi Prasad Bhatt, a pioneer of the Chipko Movement.
Katha Loknath / Retold by Loknath is a film by Rajula Shah about the flow of art from one form to another (sculptor – storytelling – film). The film is a great combination of abstract – fantasy and real life that takes us back to our childhood days.
Rangbhoomi – Kamal Swaroop in collaboration with Films division of India has made a documentary on the Benaras stint of Dadasaheb Phalke. This documentary is a most insincere exercise – either a result of the director’s whims or some tacky work aiming the film awards.
This documentary is based on a dilapidated cinema hall – Kumar Talkies in Kalpi, a small town near Jhansi. It deals with lack of audience for cinema in this small town where people has very limited source of income and television being free entertainment has taken over,