“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.
“Jug Jug Jiyo” was about celebrating the girl child. In a simple and entertaining manner, the 1 hour 15 minutes play managed to touch the right chords. The play looked like an extension of “Vickey Donor”. Dolly Ahluwalia and Swaroopa Ghosh in their respective Punjabi and Bengali women roles brought life to the characters.
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,