Anand Patwardhan

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Anand Patwardhan
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Anand Patwardhan
Alma mater University of Mumbai, Brandeis University, McGill University
Occupation Filmmaker
Known for Documentary filmmaking. In his films, we often hear him speak as narrator or thoughtful questioner.

Anand Patwardhan is an Indian documentary filmmaker known for his socio-political, human rights oriented films. Several of his films cover the rise of religious fundamentalism, sectarianism and casteism in India while others explore growing nuclear nationalism and unsustainable development.[1][2][3][4] Notable films include Bombay: Our City (Hamara Shahar) (1985), In Memory of Friends(1990), In the Name of God (Ram ke Nam) (1992), Father, Son, and Holy War (1995), A Narmada Diary (1995), War and Peace (2002) and Jai Bhim Comrade (2011), which have won national and international awards. A secular rationalist, Anand Patwardhan is a vocal critic of Hindutva ideology.

Biography[edit]

Anand Patwardhan speaking in ViBGYOR Film Festival 2011

Patwardhan was born in 1950, in Mumbai, Maharashtra. He completed a B.A. in English literature at Bombay University in 1970, a Bachelor of A.rts in Sociology at Brandeis University in 1972, and an Master of Arts in Communication Studies at McGill University in 1982.[5][6][7][8][9]

Films[edit]

Patwardhan during a screening of Ram ke Naam at Kollam

Virtually all of Patwardhan's documentary films have faced censorship from the Indian government, eventually being cleared after legal action. His film Bombay: Our City was shown on TV after a four-year court case,[10] while Father, Son, and Holy War (1995) was adjudged in 2004 as one of 50 most memorable international documentaries of all time by DOX, Europe's leading documentary film magazine. Father, Son, and Holy War was shown on India’s National Network, Doordarshan, only in the year 2006, 11 years after its making, after a prolonged court battle which lasted ten years and ended with the nation’s Supreme Court ordering the network to telecast the film without any cuts.[11]

The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), refused to certify his next film, War and Peace, released in 2002. The board demanded 21 cuts before it would be certified.[12] Patwardhan took the government to court, leading to the film being banned for over a year.[13] However, after a court battle, Patwardhan won the right to screen his film without a single cut.[14][15][16] As with his previous films, Patwardhan also successfully fought to force a reluctant national broadcaster, Doordarshan, to show this film on their national network. It was commercially released in multiplexes in 2005.[17]

His latest documentary, Jai Bhim Comrade, was based on a police firing incident against Dalits at Ramabai Colony in Mumbai in 1997. The film, which took 14 years to complete, is considered by many to be a watershed in Patwardhan's long career.[18] In 2013 the Sheffield International Film Festival honored Patwardhan with an Inspiration Award which it also conferred upon filmmaking legends like Dziga Vertov, Luis Bunuel, Agnes Varda, Chris Marker, Jean Rouch, D.A.Pennebaker and Patricio Guzman in the same year. In 2014 the Mumbai International Film Festival honored him with the V. Shantaram Lifetime Achievement Award.

Filmography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Interview Tehelka 13 October 2007.
  2. ^ 'Michael Moore’ of India, screening and Interview University of California, Berkeley 13 October 2004.
  3. ^ Silverdocs Documentary Film Festival American University School of Communication 16 June 2004.
  4. ^ Anand Patwardhan University of California, Los Angeles
  5. ^ Films of Anand Patwardhan Icarus Films, New York.
  6. ^ About Anand Official website.
  7. ^ Manas: Culture, Indian Cinema-Anand Patwardhan
  8. ^ Documentary Voices- Anand Patwardhan.
  9. ^ About Anand Patwardhan
  10. ^ Short is Sweet,Tehelka
  11. ^ Father, Son and Holy War The Frontline, The Hindu, September 2006.
  12. ^ Filmmaker's Battle to Tell India's Story in India The New York Times 24 December 2002.
  13. ^ Censorship and Litigation 
  14. ^ Alone against India's nuclear nationalism BBC News 12 August 2003.
  15. ^ Director Interview BBC Four, 4 August 2003.
  16. ^ Film Review BBC Four, 2002.
  17. ^ War and Peace hits the box office for the first time in India Tehelka, 25 June 2005.
  18. ^ http://www.dubaifilmfest.com/index.php/en/movie_details/jai-bhim-comrade/15445/2011
  19. ^ Review India Today
  20. ^ Films Index Official website.
  21. ^ Awards imdb.com.
  22. ^ Screening of screen Patwardhan's films at Stanford University Rediff.com, October 2001
  23. ^ Father, Son and Holy War – Review and Awards
  24. ^ 3rd KaraFilm Festival Karachi International Film Festival, website.
  25. ^ 51st National Film Awards - 2004 Official listings Directorate of Film Festivals Official website.
  26. ^ http://kafila.org/2012/03/21/jai-bhim-comrade-patwardhan/
  27. ^ http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/bollywood/news-interviews/Inheriting-injustice-A-chilling-film-on-Indias-Dalits/articleshow/11459368.cms
  28. ^ Ram Bahadur Trophy for Best Film, Festival of South-Asian Documentaries, 2011, Film South Asia, retrieved January 1, 2014 
  29. ^ Golden Firebird Award, Hong Kong International Film Festival, 2012, IMDb, retrieved January 1, 2014 
  30. ^ "59th National Film Awards for the Year 2011 Announced" (Press release). Press Information Bureau (PIB), India. Retrieved January 1, 2014. 
  31. ^ Palmarès / Award-winning films 2012, Jean Rouch Film International Film Festival, retrieved January 1, 2014 

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Websites on Anand Patwardhan's work[edit]

Interviews[edit]

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