Kya hua is shahar ko?
IND 1986, 95 min
The movie-political pioneered by Deepa Dhanraj, for the first time in the restored version on DVD.
KYA HUA IS SHAHAR KO? (What Has Happened to this City?) explores 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 instrumentalisation of religious processions stands next to the testimonies and the striking visual accounts of the Old City’s working class – those who lose their livelihoods through violent attacks and long periods of imposed curfew. The film is pioneering in recording and analyzing the rhetoric and visual expression of Hindu nationalist and 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 Navroze Contractor’s camera work endows this political documentary with an acute contemporary relevance.
Deepa Dhanraj founded the Yugantar film collective (1980–83) and continued to make numerous short, and feature length documentaries, often closely connected to Indian feminism.
Keshav Rao Jadav
Director of Photography
Deccan Development Society Hyderabad
Video interviews with Deepa Dhanraj as well as Keshav Rao Jadhav, Vasanth Kannabiran, Rama Melkote and Vithal Rajan; members of Hyderabad Ekta, political activist group and collaborators for the film (India 2013, 70 min). 24 page booklet (English)
95 min + 70 min Extras
Dolby Digital 2.0
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