Bangalore International Centre had arranged the screening of a documentary film “When Shankar Nag Comes Asking” directed by Ms. SushmaVeerappaon Friday, 19th April, 2013 at 6:00 pm. Ms. Sushma was present to interact with the audience after the screening.
This film was of 67 minutes duration with Kannada language and English Subtitles. This film was based on the lives of the auto-drivers in the city of Bangalore. This documentary could be survival stories of vulnerable millions in many big cities right across the world. The twist in Bangalore’s tale is Shankar Nag. No other city has an actor who died 20 years ago, still breathing through auto-ricksha windshields. WHEN SHANKAR NAG COMES ASKING is an album about today’s Bangalore. In the race to become a ‘global’ city, the struggle is as much in holding on to the familiar as it is about embracing the new. The film narrates in what ways does one seek the familiar, when the familiar is not the same anymore? What does it take for Ramanna, Mahadeva, and the Auto-drivers at Shankar Nag Auto Stand, 8th Main Road, Basaveshwarnagar, to ‘belong’ in Bangalore today? How does Shankar Nag fit into this story about identity and belonging?
The discussion after the film was very interesting and enriching.