Battle for Banaras

Battle for Banaras
Kamal Swaroop, 2014
2hrs 13mins
Friday, 18th November. 8 pm
Kamal and the crew will be present. 

Through the film we cutaway to the river's edge and two men talking, about this place, and about politics older than the modern Indian city. Then we enter the city again, and its rushes of electoral spectacle, surging crowds, politically astute residents, actions designed for this time and place. When Kamal Swaroop says "I am no longer speaking, in my films" he seems to mean that he watching the crowds, listening, looking from whatever distance is possible, often with a long lens and a small crew. 

Thus we are treated to a film set deep in the documentary genre. When we cutaway again, the man in the white shirt says about Banaras in 1781: "...the one being attacked and the one being defended both ran away, and the crowds were left, fighting ghosts".

Gallery: Battle for Banaras
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