A documentary on Emergency in India creates waves at IFFI

Prime Minister Indira Gandhi

Young filmmaker Vandana Gupta's documentary based on the emergency in India was applauded by the audience at the 43rd International Film Festival of India


The 30 minute documentary is based on the 21 month period from June 26 1975-March 21 1977. It has firsthand experience shared by Naxalite Prabhat Kumar Choudhary, who was in jail during 71-77, Journalist and human right activist John Dayal, historian Uma chakraborty and actor Avijit Dutt, an active street theatre artist during the time of emergency.

The movie is funded by Jamia Millia Islamia college of Delhi and was screened it the Indian panorama section here.

"When we talk of Indian history, for us it is one immovable date 15th August 1947. It's been more than 60 years since then and I think we need to look at more contemporary history of ours. It was a difficult process to make the movie because we don't have any visiual material on emergency. There are no documentations; it is only on internet and books that we have versions of what happened," Vandana said.

The research for the movie was done through books, YouTube and with the help of photo archives in Delhi. It took about 3-4 months for Vandana to make the movie.

"The research part was the most difficult and then getting these people to talk. I am very grateful to the college for helping us to get few photos from the archives in


A total of 7 films 4 fiction, 3 documentaries have been selected from Jamia in the student section.

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