An Insignificant Man Is The Most Significant Documentary Of Our Time
An Insignificant man is about this guy who went through hell and worse to clean the gutter that is Indian politics.
Delhi is not just a piece of land, it’s an amalgam of several cultures and people who proudly claim themselves to be Dilliwalas. Yeh sheher nahi, mehfil hai.
I’ve spent almost my entire life in this city and I can assure you that there’s just something about Delhi that no other city feels home after spending some time here. To talk about An Insignificant Man, it becomes important for us to talk about Delhi as there can be no text without context.
Arvind Kejriwal is one of the biggest polarising figures in Indian politics and to try and recreate his journey would take immense patience, hardwork and resilience.
He dared to fight the stalwarts of a corrupt political system, and having been dragged (metaphorically and literally) through dirt; he turned out to be victorious.
An Insignificant Man is a peek behind the curtains of this second-to-none political event for the country.
The creators, Vinay Shukla and Khushboo Ranka, have shot over 450 hours of footage but managed to cut down it to 96-minute that ranges from rise of anti-corruption protests in India and the formation and rise to power of the Aam Aadmi Party with the master planner Yogendra Yadav to day-to-day functioning of the Aam Aadmi Party between December 2012 and December 2013, concluding with the Delhi elections.
The footage of Yogendra Yadav defending Arvind Kejriwal and the Aam Aadmi Party are gut-wrenching especially because of the fact that Yadav was expelled from the party over alleged differences with the party high-command.
My favourite moment from the movie comes from a rather unknown woman. When Kejriwal says that he has no power, this woman looks at him and with a stern tone says “Hum denge na aapko power (We’ll give you the power you need)”.
This particular scene makes the hair at the back of your neck stand up.
A lot of credit should go to the camerawork in the movie as these artists have done a better job than what some stalwarts of Bollywood are capable of achieving. The background score keeps you at the edge of your seats as the tension in the plot builds up.
An Insignificant Man is easily the best film to have come out this year.
The sheer ability of the filmmakers to keep you hooked in a thriller (where everyone is aware of the ending) makes one wonder why we don’t see more of this kind of work. The pulse-pounding tone and immaculate artistry makes this a must watch.
Irrespective of your political leanings, this is a great movie to re-live one of the most dramatic elections in recent history.
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