Even today, the world cannot get over the fact that Donald Trump is the leader of one of the post powerful countries in the world. A wealthy businessman and former reality star, he entered politics and went on to become the President of the United States of America. 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.
Background and Story:
An Insignificant Man was screened at the MAMI Film Festival last year, and it is there we saw the 100-minute film, which has been distilled from 400 hours of behind-the-scenes footage. The makers have since been at loggerheads with the Censor Board, trying to obtain a certification. Now, VICE – the international media – has taken the rights for the movie, which will be telecasted online on November 17, 2017. Before you watch it, here's what you need to know about the film:
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. Kejriwal's fight against corruption combined with his simplistic demeanor were not enough to win him an election. And yet, his success was marvelous, putting an end to Sheila Dikshit’s 15-year long tenure as Chief Minister.
Why You Should Watch:
An Insignificant Man takes us through one 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 right-hand man Yogendra Yadav, and connection with the people of Delhi in great detail. It's not a propaganda advocating AAP, nor does it pose Kejriwal as a godlike figure. On the other hand, there is a very rational and two-sided view of the politician.
The same could not be said about the opposition. Sheila Dikshit, in comparison, gives a cold vibe, and even those oblivious to Indian politics would not root for her. 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.
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