We all love cinema. We watch movies to distract ourselves and escape to a land of fantasy for a few hours. That’s why documentary films are sometimes the neglected cousins of their entertaining Bollywood counterparts. They are made for the sole purpose of dispelling information. But who says documentaries have to be boring With innumerable talented filmmakers on board, these short films are getting a makeover from being boring to gripping movies that capture your full attention. Here are 5 documentaries made in India that will amaze you. Also, the best part is that they are all under an hour.
Supermen of Malegaon (54 minutes)
Watch Faiza Ahmad Khan’s lens zoom in on Malegaon, an endearingly small town who’s passionate about Bollywood . The people of Malegaon take their interest in movies to the next level as they try and make their very own Superman movie. This documentary is a heartwarming and engaging film about their movie-making experience that will surely leave you smiling.
Q2P (52 minutes)
Paromita Vohra’s ‘Q2P’ (queue to pee) has won many awards at film festivals, including the prestigious Grand Jury Prize for best documentary at the Indian Film Festival Los Angeles 2007. It explores the idea of women and their very limited access to public toilet facilities. The film also underlines socio-economic factors that shape this access.
Forest Man (23 minutes)
Forest Man is an inspiring story of the un-defeatable Jadav Payeng, who transformed his barren homeland, Majuli (in Assam) into a forest, single-handedly. Majuli started as a barren wasteland in the 1970’s and this documentary traces its transformation.
Smile Pinki (39 minutes)
Smile Train is an NGO that helps fix smiles. This NGO which help patients with cleft lips, arrives at a small town and changes the world of 5-year-old Pinki born with a cleft lip. This real life fairytale was also the winner at the Oscars for Best Documentary (Short Subject) in 2008.
Nero’s Guests (56 minutes)
Watch P.Sainath, narrator-cum-journalist navigate the story of India’s agrarian crisis and the rise of farmer suicide rates. Sainath’s narration gives the film a sense of solemnity and gravitas, which give you goose bumps. This film, other than being screened at film festivals across the world, is also the official IDFA(International Documentary Film Festival) selection from India for 2009.
By Ankita Maneck