With exceptional access, this documentary about the rise of India’s newest parliamentary party, the Common Man’s Party (AAP), and the divisive, charismatic man at its heart, makes for riveting viewing.
Screened as part of NZIFF 2017
Due to circumstances beyond our control, Khushboo Ranka and Vinay Shukla will no longer be attending their NZIFF screenings.
The global backlash against neo-liberalism finds its Indian champion in this fascinating behind-the-scenes account of the rise of the former tax official turned anti-corruption activist Arvind Kejriwal and The Common Man’s Party (AAP). Obviously partial to his cause but attentive to the complexities and contradictions of the man and an organisation still arguing its way into shape, the filmmakers make the most of two years’ worth of exceptional access.
Going into the 2013 Delhi elections, the established parties realise that AAP is making inroads into their support, and the film assumes the urgency of a political thriller, delving deeper into media warfare and governmental machinations in the world’s largest democracy.
The film has been effectively silenced in India by the Censor Board, who have demanded No Objection Certificates from the Prime Minister, the Chief Minister of Delhi and ex-Chief Minister of Delhi, before clearing the film for public viewing. “It’s like asking Michael Moore to furnish a certificate from George W. Bush before clearing Fahrenheit 9/11,” say filmmakers Khushboo Ranka and Vinay Shukla.