Anand Patwardhan's "Bombay: Our City" Documentary Screened in Kolkata

Prof. Vidhyarthi Chatterjee
Prof. Vidhyarthi Chatterjee

Kolkata July 27, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / Penning Creations) The Chalachitra Satabarsha Bhavan in Tollygunge, Kolkata hosted the screening of the National Award-winning documentary film "Bombay: Our City" by internationally renowned and award-winning activist and film-maker Anand Patwardhan on the 26th of July. The film narrates the plight of slum dwellers and their life in the metropolitan city of Mumbai (erstwhile Bombay) during 1985.

The documentary takes an insightful look at people living in Bombay during the 1980s and the misery of their lives. It shows how the poor people of Bombay were treated and the manner in which their houses were destroyed in order to make the city clean and beautiful.

The authorities and their views regarding these people are also captured in the film. It also focuses on the fact that all the authorities wanted the slums to be removed but provided no alternative to inhabitants to move to.

The film was screened to connect the plight of the poor people during the 80s and in the 21st century. A discussion about the film was conducted by an eminent film critic Prof. Vidhyarthi Chatterjee where he mentioned that the conditions are still the same for poor people and they are deprived of their rights in modern India. He also shared a brief history of Anand Patwardhan and explained his policies and ideas to the audience to help them connect with his films. During the discussion, he referred to Mr. Patwardhan as the Father of Modern Documentary and believed that his films will inspire many young people to pursue and try to resolve the various social challenges faced by a developing country like India.

Watch the Bombay Our City (1985) Documentary Film by Anand Patwardhan Trailer Online.

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