Indo-US filmmaker to shoot docu on elections


Ravi Verma, documentary filmmaker settled in California is planning to shoot the entire election process in India this time. He wishes to draw a comparison between the election process of the two biggest democracies of the world, India and US. To be called, “Viva Democracy!” the project has already been approved by the External Affairs Ministry.

543 constituencies, 9,30,000 polling stations, over 81 crore voters, spread across 72 days, the present session of elections offers a great contrast with the US election method, says the filmmaker. The noisy, stratified, localized yet national nature of Indian elections offers a sharp contrast to the sedate nature of US elections, explains Mr. Verma.

“Shooting and capturing India’s election from people’s perspective is a big challenge for a documentary maker,” Verma said. “We will shoot the documentary from the first week of April till the end of the Lok Sabha polls in May. We will mainly shoot in Bihar as well as other places across India,” explained the Bihar born US settled IIT Kanpur alumni.

Verma’s earlier documentary, “Journey of the Heart” was also sponsored by the Indian government. Mr. Verma examines the revered Buddhist text “Heart Sutra” in this film, with interviews of several Buddhist scholars, including the Dalai Lama himself.

Medaram Jathara

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