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Kolkata: Special Screening of Amartya Sen documentary “An Argumentative Indian” on July 10

Suman Ghosh's documentary, "An Argumentative Indian", traces the life and work of Sen and explores the intellectual giant's formative years and their influence on his world view

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  • The documentary, “An Argumentative Indian”, traces the life and work of Sen, one of the greatest living economists and philosophers of the world
  • The narrative takes the viewers from his childhood days at Shantiniketan in West Bengal’s Birbhum district, to his college in Kolkata (then Calcutta) and his academic career in the US and Britain
  • The hour-long documentary is structured as a free-flowing conversation between Sen and his student and Cornell economics professor Kaushik Basu

Kolkata, June 28, 2017: A documentary on Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen, which was filmed for 15 years by director Suman Ghosh, will be specially screened here on July 10 in the presence of the celebrated economist, according to a statement.

The documentary, “An Argumentative Indian”, traces the life and work of Sen, one of the greatest living economists and philosophers of the world, and explores the intellectual giant’s formative years and their influence on his world view.

The hour-long documentary, structured as a free flowing conversation between Sen and his student and Cornell economics professor Kaushik Basu, has already been screened in New York and London.

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Through the conversation, the narrative takes the viewers from his childhood days at Shantiniketan in West Bengal’s Birbhum district, to his college in Kolkata (then Calcutta) and his academic career in the US and Britain, where he was the Master of Trinity College, Cambridge University.

The audience would learn about Sen’s intellectual roots; his views on Social Choice Theory; Development Economics; on Philosophy and the current rise of nationalism in the world as embodied by US President Donald Trump and the Hindutva wave in India.

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Views from other eminent scholars, Paul Samuelson, Kenneth Arrow, Sugata Bose, Timothy Scanlon and former Prime Minister of India Manmohan Singh, enrich the viewer’s understanding of the world of Sen, the statement quoted Ghosh as saying.

“I conceived of this documentary during 2000/2001. I conceived of Amartya Sen as a person whose intellectual vistas range from Sanskrit to modern political movements and his greatness consists of the amalgam of such disparate topics and fields. This Universal perspective of knowledge is rather rare in today’s world,” said Ghosh.

“Moreover, Sen’s life story, with the early influence of Rabindranath Tagore, to his fight with cancer while he was at college to his fundamental contributions for the socially and economically deprived of the world, is fascinating material. I thought it would be a great challenge to integrate his world views with his work, to look at it as one unifying narrative,” the filmmaker said.

The screening was being done in association with the non-governmental organisation Prabha Khaitan Foundation. Veteran actor Soumitra Chatterjee would be among the special invitees at the event.

The screening would be followed by an interactive session with Sen and the director. (IANS)

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Fiction Can’t Beat Facts: Rajkumar Hirani

"People make fictional stories to entertain the audience but a documentary filmmaker makes documentary which is closer to his or her heart."

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  • Rajkumar Hirani is famous Indian film director
  • He is currently shotting Sanjay Dutt’s biopic
  • The biopic will star Ranbir Kapoor and is said to based on true facts

Filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani, who is busy shooting for a biopic on actor Sanjay Dutt, says fiction can’t beat facts.

Hirani attended a special screening of the documentary titled “Raising The Bar”, hosted by filmmaker Onir and producer Mitu Bhowmick Lange in association with Australian Consulate General Mumbai on Thursday.

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Rajkumar Hirani is working on Sanjay dutt’s biopic.

Asked about the importance of making documentaries, Hirani said: “I feel why should we see only fiction? We should watch documentaries because they can be very interesting as well.”

“Earlier, they never used to get platforms but I think they should get a platform so that more and more people can come forward to make documentaries. I think documentaries are really engaging as they are real, and fiction can’t beat facts.”

The “3 Idiots” director said documentary filmmakers make films that are close to their heart.

“Documentary filmmakers choose subjects which they feel about, which they are affected by or which they have seen around them. So, I feel it’s nice that people come to know about these things,” he said.

Rajkumar Hirani has made brilliant movies like '3 idiots' in the past. Wikimedia Commons
Rajkumar Hirani has made brilliant movies like ‘3 idiots’ in the past. Wikimedia Commons

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“People make fictional stories to entertain the audience but a documentary filmmaker makes documentary which is closer to his or her heart.”

Will he ever make a documentary?

Hirani said: “I am really fond of it. I want to make it and I will definitely make it. I have many subjects to tell and when the time will be right, I will speak more about it.”

“Raising The Bar” is a poignant tale which follows awe-inspiring stories of six young individuals with Down syndrome from two different continents who all meet at the World Down Syndrome Congress in Chennai.

Rajkumar Hirani is famous for films which are out of ordinary. Wikimedia Commons
Rajkumar Hirani is famous for films which are out of ordinary. Wikimedia Commons

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The documentary aims to create awareness and emotionally engage the audience with the universal message of inclusion and diversity, celebrating the differences that make us all unique.

Helmed by National Award-winning director Onir, “Raising The Bar” is a 70-minute documentary which has won several awards internationally. IANS