Kahani Badi Filmi Hai

In this part of the course, we look at the ideas of Time through cinema, examining not (only) from the perspective of the story but through various lenses. We will watch ten films, curated to be representative of their time and concept(s).

These films need to be viewed through lens like protagonists versus antagonists, action / movement, music and sound, costume, poster and type, social commentary, etc. These lenses will be made clear as we discuss aspects of cinema in the seminar class. With your lens, you will make an installation in the studio class.

List of films (subject to change)

  1. Do Bheega Zameen (1953)
  2. Sahib, Bibi aur Ghulam (1962)
  3. Hare Rama, Hare Krishna (1971)
  4. Shatranj Ke Khildadi (1977)
  5.  Jaane Bhi Do Yaaroon (1983)
  6.  Pushpak Vimana (1987)
  7.  Andaz Apna Apna (1994)
  8. Dilse (1998)
  9. Maqbool (2004)
  10. Queen (2013)

Looking Closely

The last two weeks were dominated by the visual: first watching Cléo de 5 à 7, followed by a discussion on time relates to individual or personal time. The film had the class think about real and cinematic time, the ideas of age and beauty, the relevance of insecurity and the sense of impending doom.

Today’s class turned to the insights of John Berger, and the first episode of Ways of Seeing, stopping to talk about the role of time with respect to art and what happens to images in the age of mechanical reproduction. We’re reading the essay through the week and will discuss it in the next class. Additionally, each student picks one work in the canon of western art and the way the artwork deals with time!


Class Notes and Assignment

This week was all about archives: the nature of archives, the role they play for a person, a society, a collective, even the nation. We worked with the nature of museums, libraries, and archives. The class discussed the various kinds of archives and the elements that go into them, through case studies of the Indian Memory Project and the Asia Art Archive.

This week students have been asked to picture themselves ten years in the future, and bring an object to class, to make that projection. Each student will have 3 to 5 minutes to make a short “show and tell”.