Battle for Banaras captures the excitement, the madness and the noise behind the high- octane poll battle in the holy city of Banaras, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s parliamentary constituency (2014).
Denied a censor certificate in India, Battle for Banaras tracks the rival and often bitter campaigning between Narendra Modi of the Bharatiya Janata Party and Arvind Kejriwal of the Aam Aadmi Party and of a dozen other candidates and in the process, for the first time lays bare the equation and politics that govern Indian democracy.
Inspired by Nobel laureate Elias Canetti's book, 'Crowds and Power', Battle for Banaras was shot in 4K, over a 44-day schedule in Banaras. The film is banned by the Indian Censor Board, which described it as inflammatory.
Mediente presents Battle for Banaras. The documentary is written by directed by Kamal Swaroop (Rangbhoomi, Om-Dar-Ba-Dar). The creative behind-the-scenes team is led by Riju Das
director of photography, editor Shweta Rai and sound designer Gautam Nair. The film is produced by Manu Kumaran.
Kamal Swaroop (Director & Writer)