Real Talkies

Real Talkies

Every cut is a lie. It’s never that way. Those two shots were never next to each other in time that way. But you’re telling a lie in order to tell the truth. –Wolf Koenig.

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December 18, 2010 , , , , , , ,

Kiran Bedi is old enough to be my mom. She is the first woman to join the Indian Police Service in 1972 and was the highest ranking female officer. She was not only the first female to head Tihar Jail, (I believe) the largest prison in South Asia but also instituted many prison reforms including changing the name to Tihar Ashram (ashram is a place where a guru teaches his disciples).

She is a household name in many an Indian home. Hopefully, she is known for her IPS services, most notably her work in overhauling the prisons and not for being the host and Judge of the TV series “Aap Ki Kachehri”.

Such rise to power and fame is inevitably marred by controversies and questionable judgment, Kiran’s colorful life and career are punctuated with many of such incidents.

“Yes Madam, Sir” is a long awaited documentary about Kiran’s life. Unfortunately, I have not had a chance to see the film yet but could not resist writing about it. Frankly, I don’t care if it is a good film or bad. Or if the film glorifies her or treats her fairly. I am just glad some one finally made a non fiction film about her and that is all that matters. Despite everything, her life and career is a significant milestone and has been an inspiration for millions of young girls in India.


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