When Shankar Nag Comes Asking

Shankar Nag Kelkond Bandaaga
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English (subtitled), 67 min, 2013, India

Bangalore is another metropolis of India. The stories of the auto-drivers in the documentary are survival stories of millions inhabiting big cities of the world. The twist in Bangalore’s tale is Shankar Nag. No other city has an actor who died 20 years ago, still breathing through auto-ricksha windshields.

In the race to become a ‘global’ city, the struggle is as much in holding on to the familiar as it is about embracing the new. How does one seek the familiar, when the familiar is not the same anymore? What does it take for Ramanna, Mahadeva and the Auto-drivers at Shankar Nag Auto Stand, 8th Main Road, Basaveshwarnagar, to ‘belong’ in Bangalore today? How does Shankar Nag fit into this story about identity and belonging?

Creative Crew
Vinod Raja
Sushma Veerappa, Vasanth Kumar D.
Arun Rama Varma
Animator: Archana Hande / Sound Track for Animations: Abhijeet Tambe
Awards and Screenings:

Screened at:
Cinema City @ National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), Bangalore
Convocation 2012 – Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore
Urban Lens Film Festival, 2013
Jeevika: Asia Livelihood Film Festival, 2013