12 May 2014 3:52 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Medient Studios and producer Manu Kumaran are backing Kamal Swaroop’s documentary The Battle Of Banaras, which follows the on-going Indian elections.

The film focuses on the how the election is playing out in Banaras, a city that represents India’s social diversity and also has significant mythological relevance. Both present-day politics and Indian history are explored in the film. Scheduled to wrap on May 20, the film is scheduled for Indian release on August 15.

“I read Elias Canetti’s book, Crowds And Power, about 30 years ago and have been hooked on to it since then. So, when [Arvind] Kejriwal challenged [Nahendra] Modi in Banaras, I thought I was at the best event, at the best place and the best time to apply my learning from the book,” said Swaroop.

“There is tremendous global interest in the 2014 Indian elections. This year’s battle for the Banaras seat will determine India’s destiny and who better than Indian cinema’s enfant »

- lizshackleton@gmail.com (Liz Shackleton)

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