In the winter of 2005 Indians switched on their TV sets to watch yet another ‘breaking news’ story, one which shocked them. In the town of Meerut, police officers, mostly women, swooped down on lovers in a park and began to beat them up. These officers took photographers and news cameramen along, promising an exclusive sting operation. What is the story of this news story? The film looks outside the frames that weave the frenetic tapestry of ‘Breaking News’ on India’s news channels to uncover a town’s complex dynamics – the fear of love, the constant scrutiny and control of women’s mobility and sexuality, a history of communal violence, caste brutalisation and feudal equations.
[director]Paromita Vohra is a documentary filmmaker and screenwriter based in Mumbai whose films explore issues of politics, feminism, culture and desire. Some of her celebrated films are Morality TV and the Loving Jehad: A Thrilling Tale, Q2P, Un-limited Girls, Where’s Sandra?, Cosmopolis: Two Tales of a City and A Woman’s Place. She is also the scriptwriter of Khamosh Pani (directed by Sabiha Sumar) which won the Golden Leopard at the Locarno Film Festival in 2003; A Few Things I Know About Her (directed by Anjali Panjabi) which won the Silver Conch at the MIFF 2002; and Skin Deep (directed by Reena Mohan). She is currently working on a book about love in contemporary India.[/director]