If you are not a big fan of non-fiction movies, it is high time you start watching movies from this genre. The content is absolutely realistic, emotions are raw and naked and it exposes the truth like no other. It is diametrically opposite to fictional movies which thrive on fantasy and imagination. Let’s talk about 5 documentaries which shows India in different lights.
An Oscar-winning documentary Born into Brothels has been iconic in many ways. It shows the inspiring story of non-profit foundation Kids with Cameras. This organization is known to teach photography to children of the marginalized communities. New-York based photographer Zana Briski started capturing the images of the prostitutes in Calcutta from 1998. She developed an emotional bonding with this children and gradually these kids had their own cameras and captured the colour of everyday life of Calcutta.
Directed by Prem Kalliat, Jareena, Portrait of a Hijda explores the life of a transsexual and the community in Bangalore. Most hijdas in India face an acute identity crisis with no secured employment and future. Hijdas are badly marginalized who have to escape to a superficial world. Jareena, here for instance is literally forced to assume the role of a man while visiting her family. The story is all about the hijda community who helps her to overcome this identity crisis and gives her an entity.
Powerless is the story of Loha who is regarded as the local Robin Hood in a locality in Kanpur. He is the one who steals electricity and supplies it in a locality where 15-hour long power cuts are extremely common. On the opposite side is Ritu who is the female chief of the Kanpur Electricity Supply Company who is eager to eradicate this illegal practice. This is one of the effective documentaries which shows urban decay and the farcical world of progress and scientific inventions.
Raam ke Naam, as the name suggests is an extremely controversial movie which explains Vishwa Hindu Parishad’s campaign against Babri Masjid. If you want to know about one of the controversial political discourses in India, you have to watch this documentary. This starts with L.K. Advani’s infamous Rath Yatra in 1990.
The World Before Her by Nisha Pahuja is one of those documentaries which will leave a lasting impression on the mind. The entire narrative oscillates between two distinctively different worlds of two young girls from two different parts of India. The former is a small-town girl who wants to become Miss India and starts training for that. The other starts training for Durga Vahini, the women’s wing of Vishaw Hindu Parishad. She totally stands against western influences and discards religions other than Hinduism.
These 5 are only some of the most impressive documentaries which have highlighted many aspects of India and