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Author & Literary Critic

Date & Time

Saturday Sat, 3 Feb 2024



Bangalore International Centre
7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bangalore, Karnataka 560071 India

218 min | Hindi, Marathi & English with English subtitles | 2018
The film will be screened in two parts, with a 30 minute interval.

Camera and Sound: Anand Patwardhan, Simantini Dhuru
Production, Direction and Editing: Anand Patwardhan
Production Assistance: Simantini Dhuru, Shrujana Shridhar, Barkha Naik, Utkarsh, Shashwat, Shashi Mehta

Reason takes us to a macrocosm – India, the world’s largest democracy. Its eight chapters are a chilling account of how murder and mind control are being applied to systematically dismantle secular democracy in a country which once aspired not just to Liberty, Egalite and Fraternity, but to lead the post-war world out of its mindless spiral of violence and greed.

Those who witnessed the scientific spirit fostered by the Enlightenment would scarcely believe that over 400 years later, Faith would still have an upper hand over Reason.

Today as technologically advanced nations still debate the merits of Creationism and Evolution, the developing world falls prey to blind faith and religious war.

Everywhere privatisation and a rush to corner ever-depleting natural resources has catapulted corporates and their extreme right wing storm-troopers into power.

With the collapse of egalitarian values, democracy itself is under siege. That we, the temporarily comfortable, rarely notice, is because an embedded media controls both information and entertainment. We see what they want us to see and quickly tire of seeing anything that matters.

The screening will be followed by a discussion with the filmmaker, Anand Patwardhan and author, GN Devy. A Q&A with the audience will follow.

Anand Patwardhan has a large body of 18 documentary features and shorts, of which we will screen 4 films. This is the fourth film in our three day retrospective of his work.

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Anand Patwardhan


Anand Patwardhan has been making documentary films for over five decades, pursuing issues at the crux of social and political life in India. His films, often banned by state channels, became the subject of litigation where he successfully challenged censorship rulings in court. Working for inter-faith harmony and in movements against unsustainable development, militarism and nuclear nationalism, Anand describes himself as a “non-serious human being forced by circumstances to make serious films”.

GN Devy

Author & Literary Critic

Ganesh N Devy is a thinker, cultural activist and an institution builder best known for the People’s Linguistic Survey of India and the Adivasi Academy created by him. He writes in three languages—Marathi, Gujarati and English. His first full length book in English After Amnesia (1992) was hailed immediately upon its publication as a classic in literary theory. Since its publication, he has written and edited close to ninety influential books in areas as diverse as Literary Criticism, Anthropology, Education, Linguistics and Philosophy.