Window to India

Posted on Sep - 28 - 2010

1. Azizan Mastaani (Revenge Of A Gorgeous Freedom Fighter)

(Hindi/2009/9:39 mins)

Director: Pankaj Shukla

Producers: Sharad Misraa

Country: India

Category: Fiction

Writer: Pankaj Shukla

Editor: Arvit Raj

Music: Abhishek Shrihon

Cast: Jyotsna Sharma, Gagan Sethi, Radha & Maron

Past 1857, when the fire of Independence War’s first shot was engulfing the whole India, Kanpur, the Manchester of East, was witnessing a history of different kind. It was in the narrow by lanes of this city that many British soldiers were indulging in dance, dirty things and deflowering innocent beautiful girls.  But, one of these girls decided to take revenge. Beautiful and sensuous courtesan, Azizan Bai, killed many British soldiers in the by lanes of Kanpur so discretely that no one could find traces of them ever.

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2. Bahurupiya (The Face Maker)

(Hndi/2009/14 mins)

Director: Pankaj Shukla

Producers: Sharad Misraa

Category: Non Fiction

Country: India

Writer: Pankaj Shukla

Editor: Arvit Raj

Music: Abhishek Shrihon

Cast: Sunjeev Singh, Ajay Azad, D C Verma & Chandrani

A widower, to raise his daughter, becomes the face maker in a nearby village whereas in his own village, he is still the utensils washer of the rich land lord. He is diagnosed with cancer but to raise money for her daughter’s coaching he chooses to not to get medicated. Her daughter becomes an IAS officer finally and returns to village only to find that her father has died after leaving a note for her and villagers.

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3. Three of Us

(No narration/2008/14 mins)

Director: Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni

Cinematographer: Shariqua Badar Khan

Editor: Abhijeet Deshpande

Category: Non Fiction

Country: India

An unsentimental observation of an ordinary day in the life of a family that is far from ordinary. The mother cooks, the father delivers newspapers and the son reads the newspaper with the aid of a magnifying glass he holds with his feet.

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4. Chilka Bank

(Hindi/2008/58 mins)

Director: Akansha Joshi

Cinematographer:  Amrit Sagar

Category: Non Fiction

Country: India

The film traces 40 years of ecological changes in the Chilka lake, situated in Odhisa and is vast spreading over three districts in the state. In the lake almost 50 rivers & rivulets merge with the water from the Bay of Bengal, making it a rare mixture of saline & fresh water. The Chilika has a unique bio-diversity with many endangered species of flora & marine fauna. The film raises serious issues concerning the changes in the Chilka since the export of the Prawns began in the 1970s. The film is told from the perspective of a banyan tree on the shores of the Chilika who is a witness to these changes. The 1980s when the lake was over-fished; the 1990s when aqua culture began further endangering the river’s ecology; and 2001 when, in order to prevent the imbalance of salt and fresh water in the lake, the controversial ‘artificial sea mouth’ was opened – a decision that continues to threaten the livelihoods of the fisher-people and the life of the lake herself.

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