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“Our estimate is that due to effective clampdown by the agencies tasked to check the drugs menace, (Representational Picture) Top News Drug trafficking in India is on a new ‘high’ with anti-narcotics agencies having detected the crime being perpetrated through the cryptic ‘darknet’ and the clandestine and unregulated currency Bitcoin. he said that women have been given the foremost place even in our religious beliefs as Saraswati is the symbol of knowledge, “Let’s pledge that we encourage the powerful within the so-called helpless to bloom and give them the chance to empower the whole country. “The talk about cow did not begin after BJP came to power. who was chair of the symposium, 2014 2:36 pm The focus of Swaroop’s film is the people of Varanasi and their crowd dynamics rather than the political battle itself; filmmaker Kamal Swaroop during the shooting of the film. to shoot a documentary.However his film Battle of Benaras is more about the exploration of crowd dynamics the anthropological aspect of the city’s population and its history of languages than the political battle itself “I am apolitical but I am interested in watching it graphically — the way crowds move groups are formed and how they operate in spaces” says Swaroop “This interests me more than knowing if Kejriwal is a nice person or Modi a fascist” Swaroop is known for his 1988 film Om Dar-B-Dar which was a satire on mythology politics and philosophy In 1981 he read a book called Crowds and Power by German philosopher and author Elias Canetti and found it to be a fantastic work on the nature of crowds in relation to power and leadership In the run up to the recent polls Swaroop noticed similar patterns emerging in Varanasi and wanted to explore the idea in a film He pitched the idea to producer Manu Kumaran and Medient a US-based film production company Within three days Swaroop was in Varanasi with his crew of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) Pune graduates shooting the film As someone who has had a mythological element in many of his films Swaroop sees Battle of Benaras as a “mytho-historical treatment of the subject” He draws parallels between the ancient city’s history of power struggles from the times of Shaivites and Vaishnavites to the ones in its Islamic and British past with that of the current political contest “People remember these events and they mythologise even poetise it These stories are then orally passed on for years” says Swaroop who is equally fascinated with the people of Varanasi their oral traditions and “peculiar” cosmopolitanism Swaroop 60 is talking to local people professors of the Benaras Hindu University researchers historians and archaeologists to piece together Varanasi’s history Three groups of the crew have been tracking the three main political parties — BJP Congress and AAP These groups have been regularly attending rallies and speeches for the last one month The film’s apolitical stance has kept them away from trouble with any of the parties One of the highlights of the film is the once-active CPM party and their gradual decline in the city “During the ’60s the Left was very prominent in Benaras and took active interest in the city’s literature and art scene I want to know what happened to them” he says A self-confessed “Benaras romantic” Swaroop has had a long-standing association with the city He was the art director for Mani Kaul’s Siddheshwari (1989) which is set in this city His last film Rangbhoomi a documentary on a turbulent unknown phase of Dadasaheb Phalke’s life in Varanasi fetched Swaroop the National Award for Best Non-Feature film He is expecting the film to be complete by June-end following which the producers will decide on its release In spite of Battle of Benaras’s academic implications of anthropology crowd dynamics and others it has adopted the narrative style of drama Modi Kejriwal or their challenger Kamla a transgender and an independent candidate are all colourful characters To accentuate the theatrical effect the filmmaker has mostly kept the camera static “It is akin to the angle from which an audience watches a play in a proscenium space” says Swaroop This is how he intends to present “a celebration of the theatre of politics” [email protected] For all the latest India News download Indian Express App More Related News

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