Bharatmata Ki Jai

Long Live Bharatmata
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English (subtitled), 28 min, 2012, India

At the heart of Mumbai’s mill country, Lalbaug-Parel, stands Bharatmata Cinema, one of the remaining single screen theatres that plays only Marathi films. The theatre is an iconic reminder of a colourful working class culture which is now on the decline in Mumbai. Through the narratives of Kapil Bhopatkar, the owner, and Baban, one of the oldest employees of the theatre, the film explores the history and development of Bharatmata as a space for articulating the cultural identity of Mumbai’s working class and ponders on its existence and survival. The characters, though from widely disparate socio-economic classes, come together in their passionate love for cinema and their celebration of the main character in the film, Bharatmata Cinema itself.

 
Producer:
School of Media and Cultural Studies, TISS
 
Creative Crew
Camera:
Amol Ranjan, Anurag Mazumdar, Arpita Chakraborty, Avadhoot Khanolkar, Shweta Radhakrishnan
Editing:
Amol Ranjan, Anurag Mazumdar, Arpita Chakraborty, Avadhoot Khanolkar, Shweta Radhakrishnan
Sound:
Amol Ranjan, Anurag Mazumdar, Arpita Chakraborty, Avadhoot Khanolkar, Shweta Radhakrishnan
Music:
Amol Ranjan, Anurag Mazumdar, Arpita Chakraborty, Avadhoot Khanolkar, Shweta Radhakrishnan
 
Awards and Screenings:

 
 
Silver Award for Best Film in Student Non-Fiction at the 10th IDPA Awards of Excellence, 2013
Best Script, Non- Fiction at the first National Students’ Film Festival in FTII, Pune, 2013

Screenings:
Vikalp @ Alliance, Mumbai, 2012
Madurai Film Festival, 2012
River to River Film Festival, Florence, 2012
Signs Film Festival, Kerala, 2013
IAWRT Asian Womens film Festival, 2013
Screened at “Urban Lens: A Festival of Films and the City” at the Indian Institute of Human Settlement, Bangalore, 2013
13th Royal Anthropological Internation Festival of Ethnographic Film, Edinburgh, 2013
Fresh Pix Series at NCPA Theatre, Mumbai, 2013
5th Cut.In National Student Film Festival, 2012