Appunti per un film sull'India

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Appunti per un film sull'India
Directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini
Produced by Gianni Barcelloni
Written by Pier Paolo Pasolini
Sergio Citti
Music by Ennio Morricone
Cinematography Roberto Nappa
Federico Zanni
Edited by Jenner Menghi
Release date
  • 18 August 1968 (1968-08-18) (Venice Film Festival)
Country Italy
Language Italian

Appunti per un film sull'India is a 1968 short documentary film by Pier Paolo Pasolini where he visits India to do a recces for his proposed film with India as its background about a king who gives up his body to feed a starving tiger.[1][2]

The film was shot around post-independent India when it was facing grave challenges of poverty, population and caste system. Pasolini narrates the challenges of India and its charms amidst all the problems the country faces. The 33-minute-long documentary is composed of short interviews from random people about their opinions on matters such as family planning. The documentary also shows short interviews of journalists and one politician about the challenges India faces in modernizing itself without becoming westernized or losing the Indian identity in the process.

The film opens and ends with a shot of a Sikh soldier, who, Pasolini identifies, in his commentary, as the one who would play the role of Maharaja in his film. Among others Pasolini interviewed for his film the former Maharaja of Bhavanagar and his wife and well-known Urdu story writer and filmmaker Rajinder Singh Bedi.

The documentary was shot in many places including New Delhi, Jaipur, Rishikesh and Varanasi etc.


  1. ^ Maurizio Sanzio Viano (1993). A certain realism: making use of Pasolini's film theory and practice (illustrated ed.). University of California Press. p. 194. ISBN 978-0-520-07855-0. 
  2. ^ Piero Spila (1999). Pier Paolo Pasolini. Gremese Editore. p. 77. ISBN 978-88-7742-195-1. 

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