Bharatmata Ki Jai (2012)
Directed by - Avadhoot Khanolkar, Arpita Chakraborty, Amol Ranjan, Shweta Radhakrishnan
Duration – 28 minutes
Language – Hindi, Marathi, English with English subtitles
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.
Bharatmata Ki Jai has won the award for Best script (non-fiction) at the 1st National Students’ Film Festival, FTII, Pune and has received an Award for Excellence at the 10th IDPA awards.
School of Media and Cultural Studies
The School of Media and Cultural Studies, (SMCS) of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai (a Deemed University) is engaged in media teaching, production, research and dissemination. A unique feature of the School is the close linkage between its technical and academic work. The work of the School facilitates a synergy between research, teaching and production, all of which are informed by a keen sense of connection with local subaltern cultures of resistance and invention. Production is an important component of the School’s work. It has to its credit more than 35 awards for its documentary films at national and international film festivals.
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