Deswa: IIM A Community gets a flavour of Bhojpuri Cinema

Saturday evening at IIMA was extra special with Public Policy and MAD Club organising a screening of Deswa. Deswa is a critically acclaimed Bhojpuri movie that has been screened across many film festivals in Asia. The movie is directed by Nitin Chandra – a young filmmaker who has been making films for social causes since 2008. Produced by his sister and popular actress, Neetu Chandra, the movie has found it hard to find the light of the day to have a mainstream release.

Set in Bihar, it is the story of two young men, whose lives are altered drastically by the circumstances they encounter in their life – dowry, caste-ism, bribery, corruption, extortion, Naxalism etc. Deswa highlights the problems that had plagued the region – rich in culture, traditions, languages – in the past. The movie provided an insight into how policy making affects people at the grass root levels. The movie was an engrossing watch and culminated in a standing ovation for the cast and the crew of the movie. Nallasivan, the co-ordinator of Public Policy said “The movie depicted a Bihar that was different from the commonly prevalent stereotype that has been showcased so far. The ending also captured how Bihar has started its journey to move away from the ‘Bimaru’ state that it was in the past”.

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The Deswa Crew during the post-movie Discussion. From Left to Right: Nitin Chandra (Director), Neetu Chandra (Producer), Ashutosh Singh (Music Director) and Deepak Singh (Actor)

The screening saw the cast and crew of the movie – Director Nitin Chandra, Producer Neetu Chandra, Music Director Ashutosh Singh and one of the lead actors, Deepak Singh. The movie was followed by a discussion session where the crew recounted their experiences and difficulties while making the movie and the reasons for making a movie about one of the most neglected states in the past. In the words of Shrinivas, a member of Public Policy: “The discussion that followed was enlightening as they shared their continuing struggles in order to have a mainstream release for the movie. It was interesting to see what the director had in mind while scripting the movie.”

The moviemakers also reflected on how Bhojpuri movies were fast losing out to mainstream Hindi cinema and suggested policy changes that could help in promotion of independent regional cinema.

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LSD ‘awesomizes’ with Section Friction!

LSD conducted “Section Friction” the first inter-section competition of the year to give the fachchas an idea of what section enthusiasm is all about!

In this war of wits, a Speaker and a Rebutter, from each section were assigned a superpower, and then had to go on and justify how that particular superpower would ‘awesomize’ WIMWI.  On one hand it was a chance to get the creative juices flowing and come up with wacky ideas on how their power could transform WIMWI, on the other hand it also provided the opportunity to throw some dirt at the other sections and establish supremacy.

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To call it a totally novel event the likes of which has never been seen before wouldn’t be stretching the truth in any sense! In fact the stretching (shape shifting), and the ability to not been seen (invisibility) were all restricted to the duration of the event where some of the participants who had these powers had to justify how theirs was truly the most awesome power.

Arjun Bharadwaj and Achyuth Sanjay made Section B proud by emerging victorious at the end of the keenly contested event.

LSD presents Lit-Week!

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a faccha in possession of a good wit must be in want of a creative outlet. The LSD Lit Week was just what the doctor prescribed for everyone who fits the above description. The 3-day event served up a sumptuous buffet of Shipwreck, JAM, Quiz and Pot-Pourri & Word Games for the word and trivia gourmand.

Festivities on Day 1 began with Shipwreck where the facchas had to speak extemporaneously for a minute on topics such as “It’s small, but it’s all I have”. The lucky ones who managed to attract the attention of the judges qualified for the 2nd round and found themselves stranded on a sinking ship. As alter-egos of Poonam Pandey or Roadies’s judge Raghu, they now faced an unenviable task of convincing the captain of the ship to give them the last remaining life-jacket. Little surprise then that M V R Murthy who had to become the alter-ego of Neil Patrick Harris managed to snag the last life-jacket!

 Proceedings on Day 1 continued with JAM (Just-A-Minute). Speaking fluently without being interrupted could be dismissed as a mundane exercise by the churlish. But throw in some funky topics, garnish it with zany rules and add cutthroat competitors with a flair for language and what you get is an explosive mix! JAM saw participation not only from veterans but also from first-timers who weren’t afraid to twist their tongues. Multiple rounds of JAM stretched for over two hours roundly entertaining the audience and participants alike and finally Manish Krishnan, a faccha emerged victorious.

Quiz notices are hardly a sign of elation amongst the student community. Ask any passing faccha about quiz and he’ll tell a tale of woe brought about by 3 consecutive quizzes last week. However, before these quizzes, there was another quiz which was received with much enthusiasm by the facchas. In the first round, facchas in teams of 2 put their heads together to answer 25 questions.  Six teams, after having been graded on an absolute curve were selected for the final round and the keenly contested final round was won by facchas Arjun Bharadwaj& Achyuth Sanjay.

The final day saw Pot-pourri and Word Games being held for facchas. The competition spanned a whole gamut of fun events such as Dumb Dumb Dumb C, Grand Canyon, Anagram Dumb C, Rebus Puzzles, Word Games and Etymology Questions. After a two hour mish-mash of questions on things ranging from women’s swimsuit to Yoda in a variety of formats, the event was won by S Aditya, Achyuth Sanjay and Ashok Kumar K.

The Lit Week was a welcome R&R for the facchas, as they commence their grueling one-year stint known as PGP-I. Prizes worth Rs. 12,000 were taken home over the course of the week and it  also gave the wordsmiths, orators and trivia enthusiasts the opportunity to showcase their unique talents. 

GeneSys presents Cyber-X Gaming!

GeneSys – ‘The Systems Club of IIM Ahmedabad’ concluded the Inter-Dorm LAN gaming tournament on March 7, 2012. Counter Strike 1.6 was selected as the LAN game for this tournament. For the uninitiated, Counter Strike is a tactical first-person shooter video game and is one of the world’s most widely played multiplayer video game. It is usually played with a team size of 5 with two teams battling it out for glory.The tournament went on smoothly over a duration of 10 days and all matches were streamed live on the college’s local area network. The event had decent prize money for the winner and runner-up teams as well as for the best player of the tournament.

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The enthusiasm shown was evident from the fact that a total of 19 teams registered for the tournament. The tournament had a knockout format with only winners proceeding to the next round. Each match was played on single map with finals being the exception, which was a best of three map format. The finals saw two teams duel for glory and finally team ‘Brute’ representing Dorm 28 emerged as the winners and team ‘Chillgamers’ from Dorm 17 finished as the runners-up. Another thrilling match of the tournament was the semifinal match between the eventual tournament winners and team ‘Cloud9’ of Dorm 9.The match was evenly balanced to the very end with the winner being decided through a tie-breaker. This tournament was the first of its kind ever to be held at IIM-A.