Naata (The Bond) (2003)
Directed by – Anjali Monteiro and K.P. Jayasankar
Duration – 45 minutes
Language – Hindi with English subtitles
Naata is about Bhau Korde and Waqar Khan, two activists and friends who have been involved in conflict resolution, working with neighbourhood peace committees in Dharavi, Mumbai, reputedly, the largest 'slum' in Asia. This film explores their work, which has included the collective production and use of visual media for ethnic amity. Waqar and Bhau's work raises several uncomfortable questions for the filmmakers, so-called, modern, middle-class, secular, urban beings. Naata juxtaposes the multi-layered narrative on Dharavi and the 'stories' of the filmmaker, thereby attempting to foreground a critical and active membership. Naata is the second is a series on the people and the city of Mumbai. It is a sequel to Saacha (The Loom), 2001.
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.