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Critical Acclaim for A Fly in the Curry

Independent Documentary Film in India

K. P. Jayasankar - School of Media and Cultural Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai
Anjali Monteiro - School of Media and Cultural Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India

An engaging read that explores independent documentary film in India as a site of resistance.

This book looks at how independent Indian documentary film reworks the relationship between film-makers, their narratives, their subjects and their audience, challenging the dominant idea of documentary as a discourse of the real. Based on close textual analysis, conversations with film-makers and drawing on Breitrose’s cinéma-vérité film-maker as a ‘fly in the soup’, this work explores the place of documentary within the Indian public sphere.

“A Fly in the Curry” received a “Special Mention Award” at the prestigious 64th National Film Awards Ceremony in the category of Best Book on Cinema conferred by Shri Pranab Mukherjee, Hon’ble President of India.