The trailer of a feature documentary on Dakhani mizahiya shayri, the humour-satire performance poetry tradition of the Deccan. The film takes a close look at the poets, from the earliest ones in the 1940's to contemporary humourists and satirists. The film simultaneously uncovers the history of the language Dakhani, a parodied and poorly regarded spoken vernacular which fell into decline in the early 18th century after three centuries of continuous literary creations. From early mystical compositions of Sufi settlers of the 14th century, ornate fantasy tales by court poets, to romantic artistic creations of the sultans of the Deccan of the 15 & 16th centuries, the film traces the journey of the language over the centuries till its precipitous fall in the early 18th century. The language is a marker of a great, rich mixed culture or mili-jhuli tehzeeb as it is commonly known; one that reveals the depth and beauty of syncretic Indo-Muslim traditions of central and south India. This is the story of a land, a people and their beloved language. This is the story of Dakhani.
The film is now screening periodically at venues across the world.