This week, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Jayashree Arunachalam and Raman Kirpal are joined by documentary filmmaker Somnath Waghmare.
The discussion begins with India’s wins at the 2023 Academy Awards and the controversies surrounding them – both real and manufactured. In the context of power imbalances in documentaries, Raman says, “For someone who loves watching movies, I would like to keep the politics and cinema separated.” Somnath also talks about his documentary, Battle of Bhima Koregaon, and explains its historical importance and how it’s a celebration of Dalit life.
The panel then talks about the controversy between the BBC and Gary Lineker, how the public broadcaster was forced to roll back Lineker’s suspension, and the importance of “impartiality” guidelines.
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