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While We Watched director on what it’s like to be Ravish Kumar, NDTV, news in crisis

‘Journalism is one of the biggest stories of our times. Journalists need to be the protagonists of those stories.’

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While We Watched is a documentary centered on journalist Ravish Kumar, his time at NDTV newsrooms, and his existential dilemmas as a journalist in ‘New India’. The film has won critical acclaim at noted international film festivals. 

In this conversation with Manisha Pande, the documentary’s director Vinay Shukla talks about following Ravish for two years with his camera, the process of making the film, what it conveys about journalism, and more. 

On the decision to make a documentary about Ravish Kumar after making a film on Arvind Kejriwal and the rise of the Aam Aadmi Party, the filmmaker said, “Journalism is one of the biggest stories of our times. Journalists need to be the protagonists of those stories. So with Ravish I found an interesting protagonist.”

Asked if he ever thought of making a film on NDTV founders Prannoy and Radhika Roy, Vinay said, “That story is much more exhaustive with far more characters. So someone else needs to do justice to that by making a film or a series or a book around them.”

Watch the teaser here.

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