Anand Patwardhan (born 18 February 1950) is an Indian documentary
filmmaker known for his socio-political, human rights-oriented films.
Some of his films explore the rise of religious fundamentalism,
sectarianism and casteism in India, while others investigate nuclear
nationalism and unsustainable development. Notable films
include Bombay: Our City (Hamara Shahar) (1985), In Memory of Friends
(1990), In the Name of God (Ram ke Nam) (1992), Father, Son, and Holy
War (1995), A Narmada Diary (1995), War and Peace (2002) and Jai Bhim
Comrade (2011), which have won national and international awards. A
Anand Patwardhan is a vocal critic of Hindutva
6 External links
6.1 Websites on Anand Patwardhan's work
6.5 Video clips
Anand Patwardhan speaking in
ViBGYOR Film Festival
ViBGYOR Film Festival 2011
Patwardhan was born on 18 February 1950, in Mumbai, Maharashtra. He
completed a B.A. in English literature at
Mumbai University in 1970, a
Bachelor of Arts in Sociology at
Brandeis University in 1972, and a
Master of Arts in Communication Studies at
McGill University in
Patwardhan during a screening of
Ram ke Naam
Ram ke Naam at Kollam
Virtually all of Patwardhan's documentary films have faced censorship
from the Indian government, eventually being cleared after legal
action. His film Bombay: Our City was shown on TV after a four-year
court case, while
Father, Son, and Holy War
Father, Son, and Holy War (1995) was adjudged in
2004 as one of 50 most memorable international documentaries of all
time by DOX, Europe's leading documentary film magazine. Father, Son,
and Holy War was shown on India’s National Network, Doordarshan,
only in the year 2006, 11 years after its making, after a prolonged
court battle which lasted ten years and ended with the nation’s
Supreme Court ordering the network to telecast the film without any
Central Board of Film Certification
Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), refused to certify his
next film, War and Peace, released in 2002. The board demanded 21 cuts
before it would be certified. Patwardhan took the government to
court, leading to the film being banned for over a year. However,
after a court battle, Patwardhan won the right to screen his film
without a single cut. As with his previous films,
Patwardhan also successfully fought to force a reluctant national
broadcaster, Doordarshan, to show this film on their national network.
It was commercially released in multiplexes in 2005.
His latest documentary, Jai Bhim Comrade, was based on a police firing
incident against Dalits at Ramabai Colony in
Mumbai in 1997. The film,
which took 14 years to complete, is considered by many to be a
watershed in Patwardhan's long career. In 2013 the Sheffield
International Film Festival honored Patwardhan with an Inspiration
Award which it also conferred upon filmmaking legends like Dziga
Vertov, Luis Buñuel, Agnes Varda, Chris Marker, Jean Rouch,
D.A.Pennebaker and Patricio Guzman in the same year. In 2014 the
Mumbai International Film Festival honored him with the V. Shantaram
Lifetime Achievement Award.
Upon being asked in a BFI interview to deliver a message for future
documentary filmmakers, Patwardhan famously replied, "No message
really. Do it only if it burns when you don’t."
1971: 'Waves of Revolution' (Kraanti Ki Tarangein) : This film
was on government repression in Bihar Movement.
1978: 'Prisoners of Conscience' (Zameer ke Bandi) : a film on
political prisoners in The Emergency (India)
The Tyne Award, Tyneside Festival, UK, 1982.
1981: 'A Time to Rise' (Uthan da Vela) : Concerns Indian
immigrant farm workers’ efforts to unionize in Canada.
Grand Prize: Tyneside International Film Festival, UK in 1982
Silver Dove: Leipzig International Film Festival in 1982.
1985: 'Bombay: Our City' (Hamara Shahar) : Everyday survival
issues of slum dwellers in Bombay.
National Film Award for Best Non-Feature Film 1986
Special Jury Award, Cinema du reel, France, 1986
Filmfare Award for Best Documentary, 1986
1990: 'In Memory of Friends' (Una Mitran Di Yaad Pyaari): On
rebuilding communal harmony in Punjab.
National Film Award for Best Investigative Film, 1990
Mumbai International Film Festival in 1990 Anand
Special Jury Award, Mannheim International Film festival, 1990
1992: 'In the Name of God' (Ram ke Nam) : On the rise of Hindu
Nationalism and the demolition of the Babri Mosque.
National Film Award for Best Investigative Film, 1992
Filmfare Award for Best Documentary 1996
Best Documentary Film at Fribourg International Film Festival,
Citizen's Prize, Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival,
1993: 'We are not your Monkeys' : A Dalit critique of the epic
Ramayana through a music video.
1995: Father, Son, and Holy War
National Film Award for Best Film on Social Issues and National Film
Award for Best Investigative Film, 1996
Toronto Film Festival, 1994
Special Jury Prize, Vancouver Film Festival, 1994
Special Jury Award, Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival,
Grand Prize, Jerusalem International Film Festival, 1996.
Audience Award, Sheffield International Film Festival, 2010
1996: 'A Narmada Diary' : Introduces the Narmada Bachao Andolan
Grand Prize at the Earth Vision Film Festival in 1996;
Filmfare Award for Best Documentary 1996.
1996: 'Occupation: Mill Worker' : Chronicles the actions of mill
workers who, after a four-year lockout, forcibly occupied The New
Great Eastern Mill in India.
1998: 'Fishing: In the Sea of Greed' : Response of fishing
India and Bangladesh, to industrial-scale fishing.
1998: 'Ribbons for Peace' : An anti-nuke music video.
2002: War and Peace
Grand Prize at the Earth Vision Film Festival in 2002
Best Film at
Mumbai International Film Festival in 2002
FIPRESCI International Critics' Award at
Sydney Film Festival
Sydney Film Festival in 2002
Best Documentary in
Karachi International Film Festival in 2003
National Film Award for Best Non-Feature Film, India, 2004, etc.
2006: 'Images You Didn't See' : Music video that interprets
images gleaned from the net-images that either never appear in the
mainstream media, or images whose import are masked behind a velvet
curtain of global infotainment.
2009: 'Children of Mandala' : A message from the economically
displaced children of a slum colony in Mumbai.
2011: 'Jai Bhim Comrade' : a documentary film based on a real
incident- the killing of 10 dalits by police in Mumbay 1997
Ram Bahadur Grand Prize, Film South Asia, Kathmandu, Nepal, 2011
Mumbai International Film Festival, India, 2012
Firebird Award for Best documentary, Hong Kong Film Festival, 2012
Special Jury Prize, National Film Awards, India, 2012
Bartok Prize, Jean Rouch Film International Film Festival, 2012
Tehelka 13 October 2007.
^ 'Michael Moore’ of India, screening and Interview University of
California, Berkeley 13 October 2004.
^ Silverdocs Documentary Film Festival Archived 26 July 2008 at the
American University School of Communication
American University School of Communication 16 June
^ a b "Manas: Culture, Indian Cinema-Anand Patwardhan".
^ Interview with Indian director Anand Patwardhan, BFI, 5 May 2015.
^ Films of
Anand Patwardhan Icarus Films, New York.
^ About Anand Official website.
^ Documentary Voices- Anand Patwardhan.
^ "About Anand". patwardhan.com.
Tehelka - The People's Paper". tehelka.com. Archived from the
original on 2012-09-12.
^ Father, Son and Holy War Archived 18 February 2009 at the Wayback
Machine. The Frontline, The Hindu, September 2006.
^ Filmmaker's Battle to Tell India's Story in
India The New York Times
24 December 2002.
^ Censorship and Litigation
^ Alone against India's nuclear nationalism BBC News 12 August 2003.
^ Director Interview BBC Four, 4 August 2003.
^ Film Review BBC Four, 2002.
^ War and Peace hits the box office for the first time in India
Tehelka, 25 June 2005.
^ "Dubai International Film Festival". Dubai International Film
^ Earth vision: interview with
Anand Patwardhan BFI 5 May 2015.
^ "Articles and Reviews". patwardhan.com.
^ Films Index Official website.
^ Awards imdb.com.
^ Screening of screen Patwardhan's films at Stanford University
Rediff.com, October 2001
^ "FRIF". FRIF.
^ 3rd KaraFilm Festival Karachi International Film Festival, website.
^ 51st National Film Awards - 2004 Official listings Directorate of
Film Festivals Official website.
^ Ram Bahadur Trophy for Best Film, Festival of South-Asian
Documentaries, 2011, Film South Asia, retrieved 1 January 2014
^ Golden Firebird Award, Hong Kong International Film Festival, 2012,
IMDb, retrieved 1 January 2014
^ "59th National Film Awards for the Year 2011 Announced" (Press
release). Press Information Bureau (PIB), India. Retrieved 1 January
^ Palmarès / Award-winning films 2012, Jean Rouch Film International
Film Festival, retrieved 1 January 2014
^ "Academy invites record 774 new members; 39 percent female, 30
percent people color". Hollywood Reporter. 29 June 2017. Retrieved 29
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Director's Interview- BBC interview
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Anand Patwardhan CNNGO Website
A voice above the din, Indian Express
Anand Patwardhan - Coilation for Nuclear
Disarmament and Peace Website
It Doesn't Have To Be High Art For It To Be Useful - Indymedia
Interview with Anand Patwardhan
Filmmaker as activist - The Hindu
Battling the bomb - Montreal Mirror
Of The 200 Killed In Mumbai, A High Number Were Muslims - Tehelka
Interview, 2008[permanent dead link]
Monkey Business: Cross Currents Website
Gandhi: Film as Theology - Reprinted from Economic and Political
Weekly Vol.XVIII (1983)
Terror: The Aftermath
The Good Doctor of Chhattisgarh - Association for India's Development
Films for freedom
Destruction of Buddhist monuments in Afghanistan and the Babri Masjid
Festivals in contrast - The Hindu
Censoring peace amid nuclear 'deterrence' - Tehelka
Short is Sweet - Tehelka
On War and Peace - Time Out, Mumbai
Netting the conscience - The Hindu
Weapons of Mass Pride: India's Nuclear Embrace, New York Times
War and Peace Video Clip - Ekta Online
Bombay: Our City, 1985 on YouTube
Ribbon for Peace on YouTube
Patwardhan on how he avoided arrest during emergency on YouTube
Ram Ke Naam (In the Name of God), 1991, 75 minutes, complete Hindi
version on director's channel) on YouTube
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