“My Own Man” charts the path of transformation of the director David Sampliner to a more “manly man”. His journey is humorous but at times touching and confronting.The manner in which Sampliner reveals his insecurities to the whole world is a humbling experience. Add with it an interesting script; interviews with friends and family and a short duration – one has a beautiful documentary. “My Own Man” is one such work and among the best of the documentaries that we see at India Habitat Centre.
The Inner Eye is a documentary by Satyajit Ray on the artist Benode Behari Mukherjee. Benode Bihari was partially blind since birth. He lost his vision completely in mid life. This did not stop him from pursing art – sketches – paintings – murals – sculptures. In a span of 20 minutes, Ray has explored the “inner eye” of the artist that kept him going.
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.