DOCUMENTING SINGLE-SCREEN CINEMAS, HEMANT CHATURVEDI STYLE! | 28 September, 2020

Believe it or not but cinematographer Hemant Chaturvedi has travelled 28,000 kilometres in one year to make a documentary on single-screen cinemas in India. The cameraman of such films as Maqbool, Makdee and Ishaqzaade chanced upon a dilapidated single-screen cinema in Allahabad last year, and he then and there decided to make a documentary on such cinemas to revive memories of an era gone by. In the next 12 months, he had travelled 28,000 kms. across 11 states including Rajasthan and Gujarat, to document 525 single-screen cinemas, many of them now shut.

Besides capturing the cinemas in his lens, he has also interviewed people associated with these cinemas, like the projectionist, ticket sellers, tea vendors who set shop outside the theatres, etc.

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