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Occupation  Filmmaker

Name  Anand Patwardhan
Role  Filmmaker

Born  February 18, 1950 (age 65) (1950-02-18) Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Alma mater  University of Mumbai, Brandeis University, McGill University
Known for  Documentary filmmaking. In his films, we often hear him speak as narrator or thoughtful questioner.
Awards  Filmfare Award for Best Documentary
Education  Brandeis University, University of Mumbai, McGill University
Movies  Jai Bhim Comrade, In The Name Of God, War and Peace, Bombay: Our City, Father - Son and Holy War (Part

Native name  Marathi: आनंद पटवर्धन

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Anand Patwardhan (born 18 February 1950) is an Indian documentary filmmaker known for his socio-political, human rights-oriented films. Some of his films explore the rise of religious fundamentalism, sectarianism and casteism in India, while others investigate nuclear nationalism and unsustainable development. Notable films include Bombay: Our City (Hamara Shahar) (1985), In Memory of Friends (1990), In the Name of God (Ram ke Nam) (1992), Father, Son, and Holy War (1995), A Narmada Diary (1995), War and Peace (2002) and Jai Bhim Comrade (2011), which have won national and international awards. A secular rationalist, Anand Patwardhan is a vocal critic of Hindutva ideology.


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Patwardhan was born on 18 February 1950, in Mumbai, Maharashtra. He completed a B.A. in English literature at Mumbai University in 1970, a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology at Brandeis University in 1972, and a Master of Arts in Communication Studies at McGill University in 1982.


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Virtually all of Patwardhan's documentary films have faced censorship from the Indian government, eventually being cleared after legal action. His film Bombay: Our City was shown on TV after a four-year court case, while Father, Son, and Holy War (1995) was adjudged in 2004 as one of 50 most memorable international documentaries of all time by DOX, Europe's leading documentary film magazine. Father, Son, and Holy War was shown on India’s National Network, Doordarshan, only in the year 2006, 11 years after its making, after a prolonged court battle which lasted ten years and ended with the nation’s Supreme Court ordering the network to telecast the film without any cuts.

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The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), refused to certify his next film, War and Peace, released in 2002. The board demanded 21 cuts before it would be certified. Patwardhan took the government to court, leading to the film being banned for over a year. However, after a court battle, Patwardhan won the right to screen his film without a single cut. As with his previous films, Patwardhan also successfully fought to force a reluctant national broadcaster, Doordarshan, to show this film on their national network. It was commercially released in multiplexes in 2005.

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His latest documentary, Jai Bhim Comrade, was based on a police firing incident against Dalits at Ramabai Colony in Mumbai in 1997. The film, which took 14 years to complete, is considered by many to be a watershed in Patwardhan's long career. In 2013 the Sheffield International Film Festival honored Patwardhan with an Inspiration Award which it also conferred upon filmmaking legends like Dziga Vertov, Luis Buñuel, Agnes Varda, Chris Marker, Jean Rouch, D.A.Pennebaker and Patricio Guzman in the same year. In 2014 the Mumbai International Film Festival honored him with the V. Shantaram Lifetime Achievement Award.

Upon being asked in a BFI interview to deliver a message for future documentary filmmakers, Patwardhan famously replied, "No message really. Do it only if it burns when you don’t."


  • 1971: 'Waves of Revolution' (Kraanti Ki Tarangein) : This film was on government repression in Bihar Movement.
  • 1978: 'Prisoners of Conscience' (Zameer ke Bandi) : a film on political prisoners in The Emergency (India)
  • The Tyne Award, Tyneside Festival, UK, 1982.
  • 1981: 'A Time to Rise' (Uthan da Vela) : Concerns Indian immigrant farm workers’ efforts to unionize in Canada.
  • Grand Prize: Tyneside International Film Festival, UK in 1982
  • Silver Dove: Leipzig International Film Festival in 1982.
  • 1985: 'Bombay: Our City' (Hamara Shahar) : Everyday survival issues of slum dwellers in Bombay.
  • National Film Award for Best Non-Feature Film 1986
  • Special Jury Award, Cinema du reel, France, 1986
  • Filmfare Award for Best Documentary, 1986
  • 1990: 'In Memory of Friends' (Una Mitran Di Yaad Pyaari): On rebuilding communal harmony in Punjab.
  • National Film Award for Best Investigative Film, 1990
  • Silver Conch, Mumbai International Film Festival in 1990 Anand Patwardhan Films.
  • Special Jury Award, Mannheim International Film festival, 1990
  • 1992: 'In the Name of God' (Ram ke Nam) : On the rise of Hindu Nationalism and the demolition of the Babri Mosque.
  • National Film Award for Best Investigative Film, 1992
  • Filmfare Award for Best Documentary 1996
  • Best Documentary Film at Fribourg International Film Festival, 1993
  • Citizen's Prize, Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, 1993.
  • 1993: 'We are not your Monkeys' : A Dalit critique of the epic Ramayana through a music video.
  • 1995: Father, Son, and Holy War
  • National Film Award for Best Film on Social Issues and National Film Award for Best Investigative Film, 1996
  • Toronto Film Festival, 1994
  • Special Jury Prize, Vancouver Film Festival, 1994
  • Special Jury Award, Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, 1995
  • Grand Prize, Jerusalem International Film Festival, 1996.
  • Audience Award, Sheffield International Film Festival, 2010
  • 1996: 'A Narmada Diary' : Introduces the Narmada Bachao Andolan of Gujarat.
  • Grand Prize at the Earth Vision Film Festival in 1996;
  • Filmfare Award for Best Documentary 1996.
  • 1996: 'Occupation: Mill Worker' : Chronicles the actions of mill workers who, after a four-year lockout, forcibly occupied The New Great Eastern Mill in India.
  • 1998: 'Fishing: In the Sea of Greed' : Response of fishing communities in India and Bangladesh, to industrial-scale fishing.
  • 1998: 'Ribbons for Peace' : An anti-nuke music video.
  • 2002: War and Peace
  • Grand Prize at the Earth Vision Film Festival in 2002
  • Best Film at Mumbai International Film Festival in 2002
  • FIPRESCI International Critics' Award at Sydney Film Festival in 2002
  • Best Documentary in Karachi International Film Festival in 2003
  • National Film Award for Best Non-Feature Film, India, 2004, etc.
  • 2006: 'Images You Didn't See' : Music video that interprets images gleaned from the net-images that either never appear in the mainstream media, or images whose import are masked behind a velvet curtain of global infotainment.
  • 2009: 'Children of Mandala' : A message from the economically displaced children of a slum colony in Mumbai.
  • 2011: 'Jai Bhim Comrade' : a documentary film based on a real incident- the killing of 10 dalits by police in Mumbay 1997
  • Ram Bahadur Grand Prize, Film South Asia, Kathmandu, Nepal, 2011
  • Best Film/Video, Mumbai International Film Festival, India, 2012
  • Firebird Award for Best documentary, Hong Kong Film Festival, 2012
  • Special Jury Prize, National Film Awards, India, 2012
  • Bartok Prize, Jean Rouch Film International Film Festival, 2012
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