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A Fly in the Curry

A Fly in the Curry
Independent Documentary Film in India

First Edition
  • 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
Critical Acclaim

December 2015 | 276 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd

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. 


Foreword by Arjun Appadurai
The Flight Path
Flying Solo
Flying Images
Flying into the Looking Glass
Notes from the Curry
From the Curry to the Cauldron
Films Cited

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ISBN: 9789351505693