Dadasaheb Phalke at work


This ongoing research project aims to create an understanding of experimentation with film in India through engaging in discussion with filmmakers, critics, archivists and academics. By unearthing rarely seen avant garde and experimental works, this project looks to initiate discussion and critique on Indian experimental cinema, towards creating an environment that celebrates experimentation with the film form in India. Originally supported by a grant from Sarai Delhi.

INTERVIEWS, ESSAYS, ETC____________________________________

AMRIT GANGAR is a Mumbai-based writer, film critic, historian and curator. He has co-authored…

ASHISH AVIKUNTHAK has been making self funded films on 16mm & 35mm for the past 10 years and…

SANJIV SHAH directed  the cult classic Hun Hunsi Hunsi Lal (1992), the story of Hunshilal…

ABID SURTI is a master of all trades. He has earned accolades within India and abroad as a…

NINA SHIVDASANI ROVSHEN In 1975 Nina Shivdasani Rovshen (aka Nina Sugati SR), made ‘Chhatrabhang’ – the first Indian…

FILM SOCIETIES: When Godard Rode the 17:05 Borivli Local – An Interview with Amrit Gangar on Screen Unit,  the film society he ran for over two decades in Mumbai.

By Shai Heredia
This essay was first published in the catalogue of the “India: ‘Visions From The Outside'” programme, curated by Shanay Jhaveri in collaboration with Shai Heredia at Cultuurcentrum Brugge (March/April 2012).


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