A biographical film on the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supremo and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal titled an Insignificant Man is all set to be released in India. The movie has been given a release date by American media company Vice and that is November 17, 2017. The film has been directed by Khushboo Ranka and Vina Shukla. The film is non-fiction, but has been dubbed as a political thriller. The film is all about the rise of Kejriwal from relative obscurity to virtual national stardom as a corruption fighter that finally led to him being appointed the Chief Minister of Delhi.
Like with much else about Kejriwal, the film too was struck by controversy as the Censor board had refused to give it clearance. The filmmakers were asked to get permission from not just other politicians but also PM Narendra Modi. The film was nevertheless finally cleared.
The telling includes the creation and the rise of the newest political party in India, Aam Aadmi Party and its creation. As far as the movie is concerned, it is 95 minutes long. As can be expected the events leading up to the rise of Kejriwal to CM’s post have been related in detail.
Vice has termed the movie as “masterpiece” and. Vice said it will now be partnering with producer Anand Gandhi’s Memesys Lab in releasing the film widely, in India and internationally. Jason Mojica, Executive Producer, Vice Documentary Films, said, “I first saw ‘An Insignificant Man’ at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2016, and I came away thinking it was the best documentary about street-level politics since Marshall Curry’s ‘Street Fight’,” as per IANS.
Mojica said Vice closely followed the filmmakers and the censorship battle over the film over the past few months. Vice will always champions independent filmmakers fighting for freedom of expression, he added.
Anand Gandhi of Memesys Lab, the studio behind the film, said “For the first time ever in the history of Indian cinema, a film will show exactly what goes on behind closed doors of a political party. Vice has led the content market when it comes to serious non-fiction work, ” as per IANS.