The Adivasi Struggle


The Adivasi: The Adivasi are the indigenous people of India. They constitute a significant fraction of India’s poor and underprivileged population and lead lifestyles predominantly land and forest-based.They live largely in peace outside the normal casteist/patriarchal/class relations of mainstream Indian society. And they have a vibrant community life with their beautiful dance and music –…

Short Takes: Half Mark


Name: Half Mark Language: Telugu (English Subtitled) Producer: White Elephant Productions Director: Arun Ghosh Running Time: 16 minutes Half Mark by Arun Ghosh is a funny little movie. It concerns two kids and their reality, their points of view. The first shot of the movie is as if it is from the pages of a…

The Faces of Independence


Today, on 15 August, India celebrates its 67th Independence Day. I wish all my friends and family and fellow Indians a very happy Independence Day. Getting down to business, here are a few movies made by Indian film-makers that deal with Independence. One is a short film on the idea of freedom, another a historical…

So much, and so much more….


I loved movies as a child and I loved them all through my life. The sort of movies I saw as a child were restricted to Telugu mainstream movies – that was the only language I could understand. And I never set foot in a movie theatre until one day in May 2003 when my…

Short Takes: Uncle’s Education


Name: Uncle’s Education Language: Telugu (English Subtitled) Director: Anand Jayanti Producer: Jaji Jayanti Running Time: 21 minutes Uncle’s Education is about an old man, im his late 50’s to early 60’s who mistakenly recieves hool reports of the little girl who lives downstairs with her mother. He learns that the girl’s father had died an…

Short Takes: Gaayam


Name: Gaayam Director: Srujan Attada Producer: Langulya Creations The South Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, blessed with the rich alluvial deltas of the rivers Godavari and Krishna, had long been known as the “అన్నపూర్ణ” or “Annapoorna”,  “The Rice Bowl of India” and its farmers “అన్నదాత” or “Annadaatha” or “The Donor of Rice”. But in recent…

Short Takes


The advent of digital cameras and the presence of youtube, has changed the Indian film scene. Popular film houses in India, like Bollywood, Tollywood, and their counterparts in other parts, have largely lost their touch with reality and still continue to make those old, formulaic films. Digital cameras and Youtube as a platform have started…