An Ordinary Election: A film by Lalit Vachani

An Ordinary Election
2015, India/Germany, 125 minutes in Hindi and English, with English subtitles.

An Ordinary Election tells the extra-ordinary story of the Aam Aadmi Party's debut election campaign in the constituency of RK Puram, Delhi. From the campaign war room to the streets, from the narrow lanes of urban slums to the manicured parks of upper-class neighbourhoods, the crew follows the candidate Shazia Ilmi and the ordinary men and women of the Aam Aadmi Party fighting to change the terms of Indian democracy in an election campaign where victory seems impossible.

As it documents the progress of the campaign, the film raises several questions:  Both within and outside the party, who is the aam aadmi, the common man? Can the Aam Aadmi Party live up to its own ideals of decentralization and swaraj or self-rule?  What is the fine line that distinguishes political sincerity from political expediency? The film is the story of the battle for Indian democracy from up-close: an intimate ground-up perspective of the anxieties, ambitions, struggles, and intrigues from the electoral battleground itself.

Lalit Vachani’s films include The Boy in the Branch (1993), The Starmaker (1997), The Men in the Tree (2002), Natak Jari Hai (2005), In Search of Gandhi (2007), The Salt Stories (2008), and Tales from Napa (2010).

Tuesday, 31 March 2015
CSDS Seminar Hall