RRR is historically significant – and not because it smashed box office records

I’m grateful to have been offered an opportunity to write about the international Indian hit film RRR for Contingent Magazine, whose mission statement is “history is for everyone.” They purposely waited until 15th August (India time), India’s Independence Day, to publish the article as their lead story today.  What does RRR have to do with my Kolkata theatre research as a Fulbright-Nehru Scholar?  You’ll see. And be sure to read those footnotes.

The article begins below:

Sure, George Washington was a good war strategist, but could he pick up a motorcycle by one wheel and swing it around in battle? Or how about if Martin Luther King Jr. had busted Malcolm X out of prison by carrying him on his shoulders and dodging gunfire while hopping across rooftops, and together they took out J. Edgar Hoover? These events could not, and never did happen, but would be pretty cool to see in a big-budget historical fantasy action flick.

Cont’d at http://contingentmagazine.org

Midnight Blues

Please join the Independent Film Circle on Zoom next Saturday, June 11th at 10:30am EST for a screening of the 30-minute film “Midnight Blues” followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker Bipuljit Basu.

“Midnight Blues” is about the director’s work with the children of sex workers growing up in one of Kolkata’s red light districts. Bipuljit Basu is an impact filmmaker, author, and producer of Indian hybrid cinema and documentaries. His goal is to bring less known South Asian marginal stories into mainstream film and media.

As always, this live, online event is free but pregregistration is required. Message me if you’d like to join.