The world is going crazy today over the results of the 2016 Election. Donald Trump, a wealthy businessman and a reality star, entered politics and went on to become the President of one of the most powerful countries of the world. Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, has been campaigning for years, and yet could not hold her ground against this power magnate. A similar situation arose in our own country in 2013. Residents of Delhi remember when Aam Aadmi Arvind Kejriwal contested against the incumbent Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit in the Delhi Legislative Assembly election. Her regime of 15 years ended and was taken over by An Insignificant Man. Khushboo Ranka and Vinay Shukla’s documentary chronicles the rise of Kejriwal and his subsequent win as the Chief Minister of Delhi.
India has always battled the evil of corruption. When the Congress Party was in power, it was said to be even more rampant. Citizens of Delhi paid huge bills over basic public amenities like water and electricity. This is when Arvind Kejriwal, a former Income Tax officer and a social activist, advocated the Jan Lokpal Bill – an anti-corruption bill that appoints an independent body to investigate corruption cases. Later, he established the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), to take on the big giants, Congress and BJP. AAP went on to contest the Delhi Legislative Assembly election of 2013. Highly popular among the people for his fight against corruption and simplistic demeanor, the odds were still not in Kejriwal’s favor. His success in the elections was nevertheless marvelous, putting an end to Sheila Dikshit’s 15-year long tenure as Chief Minister.
An Insignificant Man takes us through this phase of Arvind Kejriwal’s life with never-seen-before footage of his political party’s battle between survival and extinction. It also explores his ideologies, relationship with his right-hand man Yogendra Yadav, and connect with the people in great detail. It does not pose him as a godlike figure but gives a very rational and two-sided view of the politician. The same could not be said about his opposition. Sheila Dikshit, in comparison, gave a very cold vibe, and her failure in the elections would seem fairly obvious to those who do not know Indian politics. Arvind Kejriwal’s rise among these corrupt politicians and subsequent gain of power comes across like an inspiring fairy tale, with a few real facts. The man came from nowhere and took the country by storm. Even if you’re not a fan of Kejriwal, An Insignificant Man is bound to leave you in awe.