"I grew up in a family that was immersed in the non-violent freedom struggle led by Gandhiji. However, Gandhi did not enter my films consciously as I was never ideologically driven in a single direction. Eclectic would be a more apt description of works where the influence of Marx and Ambedkar are equally visible. But when Junoon asked me to pick a theme in my films to speak about, I thought my referencing of Gandhi needs exploring, especially in today’s context when the ideology that killed him is fully entrenched in power. Ironically the attack on Gandhi is far from restricted to right wing Hindutva. Those I find relatively easy to deal with. It is the critique of Gandhi from sections of the Left and Dalits that I find more bewildering and more painful. I will make an attempt at addressing these critiques, while at the same time introspecting on how I have referenced Gandhi in my own work over the years."
- Anand Patwardhan
We are delighted to invite documentary filmmaker Anand Patwardhan to Mumbai Local. With him, as he shares his own interest in Gandhi, Gandhi’s presence in his films, and his thoughts on our fraught relationship with Gandhi, we will get to collectively consider the complicated relationship we bear to the person hailed as Father of the Nation. (Interestingly, it seems it was Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose - who was often ideologically in opposition to Gandhi - who first referred to Gandhi as Father of our Nation).
Do join us on Saturday for an evening that grapples with our journey with Gandhi, and therefore, perhaps, our journey as a nation. Anand will be showing clips from his films, and there will be space for healthy questioning and debate.
Curated by Sanjna Kapoor
RSVP for this session begins on Monday 29 July, 2019.