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Premier For Vikramaditya’s Indi(r)a’s Emergency Featuring Kangana Ranaut Held At Jio MAMI Film Festival

Vikramaditya Motwane’s stirring documentary, Indi(r)a’s Emergency, had its world premiere on Saturday, October 28, 2023, in Mumbai at the Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival 2023. Following the screening, producer Sameer Nair and actor Vikramaditya Motwane participated in a Q&A session. Anurag Kashyap also spoke briefly on the movie before handing the mic to any audience members who wished to pose a question! Varun Grover served as the moderator of the session.

Varun questioned Vikramaditya on why he decided to produce a documentary rather than a feature film about Indira Gandhi’s declaration of emergency. The filmmaker hinted at Kangana Ranaut’s upcoming film Emergency, based on the same subject, as he said, “The feature film is being made by somebody else!”

He added, “Samir Patil (of Scroll) approached me. I am a history buff. I studied history in college. This was supposed to be a series of 3 episodes.” He continued, “We realized that this was a great way to tell our recent history to an entire audience that has some idea but not a complete idea.”

Indi(r)a’s Emergency: Vikramaditya Motwane hints at Kangana Ranaut’s Emergency when asked why he made a documentary on the subject; Anurag Kashyap remarks “You have the b***s to make it”
ByFenil Seta -October 29, 2023 – 11:36 AM IST

The world premiere of Vikramaditya Motwane’s powerful documentary, Indi(r)a’s Emergency, was held at the Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival 2023 on Saturday, October 28 in Mumbai. A Q-and-A session was held after the screening which was attended by Vikramaditya Motwane and producer Sameer Nair. Anurag Kashyap also joined in to talk a bit about the film and later passed on the microphone to members of the audience who wanted to ask a question! The session was moderated by Varun Grover.

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Indi(r)a’s Emergency: Vikramaditya Motwane hints at Kangana Ranaut’s Emergency when asked why he made a documentary on the subject; Anurag Kashyap remarks “You have the b***s to make it”
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Varun asked Vikramaditya why he chose to make a documentary on the Emergency declared by Indira Gandhi and not a feature. The filmmaker hinted at Kangana Ranaut’s upcoming film Emergency, based on the same subject, as he said, “The feature film is being made by somebody else!”

He added, “Samir Patil (of Scroll) approached me. I am a history buff. I studied history in college. This was supposed to be a series of 3 episodes.” He continued, “We realized that this was a great way to tell our recent history to an entire audience that has some idea but not a complete idea.”

Unlike documentaries that have interviews, Indi(r)a’s Emergency stands out. Vikramaditya Motwane explained, “I was clear that I didn’t want to do a typical documentary, with intervals et al. We decided to go with archival footage. We managed to find incredible footage from Getty, Pathe etc. Thankfully, Mr Sameer Nair stepped in and saw the rough cut. He decided to come on board.”

Anurag Kashyap pitched in, “I saw the three-hour version and was blown away by it. I told Motwane, ‘You have the bs to make it’ and then you (pointing to Sameer Nair) have bigger bs to rescue it. Hence, compliments to both of you (laughs)!”

Sameer Nair discussed when more people would be able to see this movie. “We are submitting for censor as well,” he said at the outset. The audience erupted in laughter, as one might expect given that the movie also discusses censorship.

Sameer, on a serious note, added, “We would like to have a version that we can release theatrically as well. It’s important to tell us stories like this. And the way it’s done with the footage, animation, voiceover and writing, it is entertaining.”

Anurag Kashyap remarked, “It is entertaining and it’s also very powerful. It says a lot more than just the Emergency.”

Vikramaditya Motwane honestly admitted that his other project took priority over Indi(r)a’s Emergency and hence, the documentary took a while to be out. He didn’t name this project but he was probably referring to his acclaimed Amazon Prime Video show, Jubilee. He said, “We started working on it in early 2020. Sameer came on board in late 2021. Meanwhile, I shot something else and came back. In a way, it was like my step-child!”

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