Powerless - Katiyabaaz

Powerless - Katiyabaaz

4 July 2014

Powerless - Katiyabaaz is a documentary film about the electrical supply in an Indian city and its diabolical complexity. Kanpur is a city of 3 million which suffers from power cuts that last up to 15 hours. Loha is a 28 year old electrician, renowned for his prowess in stealing electricity; he is a Robin Hood kind of figure who steals electricity and charges the rich to provide free connections in impoverished neighbourhoods. On the other hand, Ritu is the first female chief of the Kanpur Electricity Supply Company KESCO and is working on a mission to eliminate powerlessness. 

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Fire in the blood

Fire in the Blood

23 May 2014

Fire in the Blood is an intricate tale of ‘medicine, monopoly and malice’. It tells the story of how Western pharmaceutical companies and governments aggressively blocked access to low-cost AIDS drugs for the countries of Africa and the global south in the years after 1996 – causing ten million or more unnecessary deaths – and the improbable group of people who decided to fight back.

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the world before her

The World Before Her

4 April 2014

The World Before Her creates a lively, provocative portrait of India. Through unprecedented behind-the-scenes access, the film sweeps back the curtain to reveal the intimate stories of young women determined to win the crown for the Miss India pageant. In contrast, it travels to an annual camp run by the Durgha Vahini, where through lectures and physical combat training, young girls learn what it means to be good Hindu women.

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Hindol Sengupta

100 Things to know and debate before you vote

7 March 2014

One of the biggest elections in the history of independent India is upon us. An election that could transform India and set the bedrock for the future. But as Hindol Sengupta says, our political debate is mired in, at best, irrelevancies, at worst, utter nonsense. In this Culture Lab talk based on his new book, Hindol offered a shout-out, a call to action to talk about the things that matter—or should matter —to most of us as citizens, from financial scams to climate change, women’s rights to parliamentary spends. 

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Book & Film Club

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Powerless - Katiyabaaz

Powerless - Katiyabaaz is a documentary film about the electrical supply in an Indian city and its diabolical complexity. Kanpur is a city of 3 million which suffers from power cuts that last up to 15 hours. Loha is a 28 year old electrician, renowned for his prowess in stealing electricity; he is a Robin Hood kind of figure who steals electricity and charges the rich to provide free connections in impoverished neighbourhoods. On the other hand, Ritu is the first female chief...4 July 2014

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Fire in the Blood

Fire in the Blood is an intricate tale of ‘medicine, monopoly and malice’. It tells the story of how Western pharmaceutical companies and governments aggressively blocked access to low-cost AIDS drugs for the countries of Africa and the global south in the years after 1996 – causing ten million or more unnecessary deaths – and the improbable group of people who decided to fight back.23 May 2014

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The World Before Her

*The World Before Her *creates a lively, provocative portrait of India. Through unprecedented behind-the-scenes access, the film sweeps back the curtain to reveal the intimate stories of young women determined to win the crown for the Miss India pageant. In contrast, it travels to an annual camp run by the Durgha Vahini, where through lectures and physical combat training, young girls learn what it means to be good Hindu women.4 April 2014

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100 Things to know and debate before you vote

One of the biggest elections in the history of independent India is upon us. An election that could transform India and set the bedrock for the future. But as Hindol Sengupta says, our political debate is mired in, at best, irrelevancies, at worst, utter nonsense. In this Culture Lab talk based on his new book, Hindol offered a shout-out, a call to action to talk about the things that matter—or should matter —to most of us as citizens, from financial scams to...7 March 2014

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Producing Bollywood

In this special Godrej India Culture Lab talk, New York University's Dr. Tejaswini Ganti, the author of Producing Bollywood: Inside the Contemporary Hindi Film Industry (2012) provided an unprecedented look inside the social and professional worlds of the Mumbai-based Hindi film industry and explained how it became “Bollywood” - a global film phenomenon and potent symbol of India as a rising economic powerhouse. 24 January 2014

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Gangoobai

The Godrej India Culture Lab is proud to collaborate with the exhibition *Across Oceans and Flowing Silks: From Canton to Bombay 18th to 20th Centuries* that is being held at the *National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai*, and with the* National Film Development Corporation of India*, hosted a special screening of the film *Gangoobai.*9 January 2014

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I'm Pregnant, Not Terminally Ill, You Idiot!

Eating for two. Post-baby body. Beatific mom. Yeah, right!  Lalita Iyer’s I'm Pregnant, Not Terminally Ill, You Idiot! is an irreverent, politically incorrect take on pregnancy and motherhood. It is a book on pregnancy that does not feature a week by week foetus diary, but instead dissects the raw deal of ‘baby-making’ and the reality ‘behind the rosy dream’. Through much humour and entertaining anecdotes, the author makes the reality check into motherhood softer to chew on. 18 October 2013

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Awaaz Aala

‘AWAAZ AALA’ is not just a documentary, but an attempt to create maximum social awareness about a possible solution (via the Cochlear Implant) to the crippling disability of deafness, especially in children. AWAAZ AALA follows the journey of  four hearing impaired children from pre-surgery to three years post-implant stages. It goes inside the Operation Theatre  to illustrate the actual process of implantation.4 October 2013

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