Film southasia

"Festival of southasian documentries"

Being Bhaijaan

Directed by Samreen Farooqui | |



The film revolves around India, its desired masculinity, and Bollywood actor Salman Khan.Posters of his dance shows say that Shan Ghosh, Salman Lookalike by profession and passion, is the ‘Junior Salman of Nagpur’. He is  ‘hamara Salman’ on the very intense Jai Salman Whatsapp group, and a beloved Bhai to textile salesman Balram and the engineer-at-heart, Bhaskar. Along with other Salman fans, they’ve launched a collective search for a larger identity, to replace the very ordinary one life handed out to them.

Being Bhaijaan explores Indian masculinity by mapping the emotional, spiritual and philosophical contribution Salman Khan makes in the lives of three men in small-town India, who find themselves increasingly disassociated with a changing country, its competitiveness, and its new woman. They seek solace in a notion of manhood, constructed brick-by-brick, through a superstar’s perceived personality, which is as old-world as Salman Khan’s films.

[director]Samreen Farooqui and Shabani Hassanwalia founded Hit and Run Films in 2005, an independent video production unit, which engages with changing socio-political-personal realities through non-fiction cinema. Their first feature documentary, “Out of Thin Air”, on Ladakhi local cinema was an official selection at the International Film festival of Rotterdam and was the opening film at Film South Asia, 2009, besides playing at numerous other festivals. Their second feature “Online and Available”, released in 2012, told a story of an India-in-transition through its online identity formation and played at Mumbai International Film Festival, 2012. Both the documentaries have been broadcast on Documentary 24X7 on NDTV.

They have worked as associate directors and editors of “Star”, by Dibakar Banerjee, as part of the Bombay Talkies omnibus, to celebrate 100 years of Indian Cinema in 2013. Their work with gender and sexuality involves “Bioscope: Non-binary Conversations on Gender and Education” (2013) and the feature length “Being Bhaijaan”, produced by PSBT. It is the official selection at the New York Indian Film Festival, 2015. They are currently working on a feature documentary on street dancing in the changing Delhi urban-scape funded by India Foundation for the Arts.[/director]


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