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Serious Men – Not so Serious about Dalit Realities

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Neeraj Bunkar The recently released ‘Serious Men’ is an Indian Hindi language comedy drama film directed by Sudhir Mishra. The film is based on a book of the same name by Manu Joseph. This movie revolves around the issue of child genius scams. Nawazuddin Siddiqui (Ayyan Mani) plays a migrant Tamil Dalit man who lives …


A film that celebrates the memory of Bhima Koregoan

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  Amarnath Sandipamu In January of 2017, at the screening of my film Bommalollu – The Puppeteers in Bangalore, Karthik Navayan, who then worked at Amnesty, introduced me to a young man as an apprentice at his organisation. He said he was interested in filmmaking and was enthusiastically happy about meeting me and another friend …


‘Why we have come here to die?’


Veeravenghai Vinith Kumar This article does not presume to produce any new, ground-breaking insight. It is only a reflection of my disagreements with a film that has, for some reason received a lot of appreciation for its portrayal of the incidents that surrounded PhD scholar, Rohith Vemula’s death.  The film in question is titled ‘We …


Crowdfunding campaign for film on Babasaheb Ambedkar

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  Jai Bhim!! My name is Jyoti Nisha. I am an independent Bahujan Writer/Documentary Filmmaker based in Mumbai. For the last two and half years I have been working on a feature length documentary film, ‘B. R. Ambedkar Now and Then.’ I am writing this to you to share with you a crowd funding campaign …


Why Pariyerum Perumal made me uncomfortable?


  Adhvaidha K Pariyerum Perumal is a recently released Tamil movie directed by Mari Selvaraj and produced by director Pa. Ranjith’s Neelam Productions. The film by upholding anti-caste politics and Ambedkarite ideology was well-received by Tamil audience. After a long wait, I went onto watch the film but ended up being disappointed, as I felt, …


Kaala: Construct of Ambedkarite leadership by Pa Ranjith

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  Mahipal Mahamatta If we look at the history of more than 100 years of Indian cinema, we will find that Caste has been blatantly sidelined from it. Kancha Ilaiah had staid that mainstream history of India, is a history of the upper castes and there is no space for Dalits and Bahujans in it. …


Ranjith’s Kaala is a call for collective action: A felt review

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R Karthick Narayanan A good movie often has a tendency to leave you affected when you leave the cinema hall. Among such movies, some make the audience express sympathy towards the subjects in the movie, others make us empathize with the subjects in the movie, but very few movies have the ability to provoke you …