Paromita Vohra, filmmaker, screenwriter and friend, gave me a mild scolding in Mumbai the other day, the context being that reviewers are not paying adequate attention to independent/alternative cinema and instead going on about the new developments (overstated, in her opinion) taking place within the mainstream. I plead guilty; in weak defence, my official beat continues to be literature - apart from a couple of infrequent film columns I write for newspapers, and the sometime review for Tehelka - and for a long time watching movies, much less writing about them, has been done on very limited time. Seeking out low-profile films (and hoping that some of them will be good enough to justify the time and energy spent - something that doesn't always happen at festivals like Cinefan) just hasn't been much of an option lately.
Still, it's always a pleasure to discover alternative treasures wherever available, and what better place to start than one of Paromita's own films. Her short documentary Where's Sandra? - a snappy look at the "Sandra from Bandra" stereotype - is being telecast on NDTV 24x7's new Documentary 24x7 slot on Thursday, Feb 14 at 9.30 PM and on Sunday, Feb 17 at 1.30 PM. Do look out for it, and for future telecasts on this slot, which will hopefully help dispel the fallacy that the words "boring" and "documentary" belong together.
(More on Where's Sandra? here)