India’s most renowned documentary filmmaker, and it’s most controversial, Anand Patwardhan has been making films that have boldly challenged injustices, orthodoxies and prejudices for over 35 years. Best known for his films War and Peace (2002) and Father, Son and Holy War (1995), Patwardhan has consistently made work which unflinchingly addresses social phenomenon ranging from corruption and communalism, to the nuclear arms race and workers’ rights. In the process of making his films widely available, he has had to fight bitter anti censorship battles, often all the way to India’s Supreme Court. “My entry into the world of the documentary began as a means of political, social intervention,” he said in 2009,” and 30 odd years later this is still a primary motive.

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