Bangalore International Centre had arranged the screening of the documentary film “KyaHua is Shaharko?” directed byMs. DeepaDhanraj, who was present to interact with the audience. The film was screened on Wednesday, 4th Sept. 2013 at 6.00 PM
This film was made in 1986 andexplored the processes of political maneuvering which led to the Hyderabad communal riots in 1984.The city's history,the provocative speeches of its politicians and the instrumentalism of religious processions stand next to the testimonies and the striking visual accounts of the Old City's working class, those who lose their livelihoods through violent accounts and long periods of imposed curfew.The film is pioneering in recording and analyzing the rhetoric and visual expression of Hindu and Muslim supremacist politics.Initially shot for the local communities in Hyderabad,its courage in capturing the ensuing violence combined with its respectful lyricism and contemplation enhanced through NavrozeContractor"s camera work endows this political documentary with an acute contemporary relevance.Kya hua is shahar ko? was digitalised, restored and screened again for the first time in 27 years as part of the "Living Archive" project. A DVD including additional historical and contemporary material was released in June 2013.
The interactive session after the screening was very interesting.