A Homegrown Guide To Indian Avant-Garde & Experimental Cinema

Homegrown Staff

Initially known as the 'connoisseur of madness', Pramod Pati took us into the artist's psyche in his 1972 film, 'Abid'. Inspired by painter Abid Surti's desire to live within a painting, Pati created a film that mirrored this concept.

Kumar Shahani juxtaposed the complexities of female sexuality and the stifling constraints of a feudal social order. This innovative approach, coupled with a unique visual style that defied traditional storytelling techniques, made his film, 'Maya Darpan', a landmark film during the Indian Parallel Cinema movement.

In 'Salim Langde Pe Mat Ro', director Saeed Akhtar Mirza focused on the gritty, realistic portrayal of a young Muslim hoodlum from Mumbai’s Dongri neighborhood, that diverged sharply from the ideological false consciousness prevalent in many films of the era.

His direction, instead of a typical glamorization, opted for a raw, documentary-like approach that highlighted the systemic marginalization of Muslims and the socio-economic factors driving them into crime. dir

In 'Tasher Desh', director Q (Kaushik Mukherjee) forged a distinctive narrative style that stood out as avant-garde and refreshing against the mainstream cinema of its time. This adaptation of Rabindranath Tagore’s dance drama was transformed into what Q described as, “Tagore on an acid trip,” and emphasized visual and musical elements over traditional narrative structure.