The Wager on Cinema

The Wager on Cinema: Screening 5 – Placebo


The Sarai Programme invites you to the fifth screening of the film series titled, The Wager on Cinema : Abhay Kumar’s Placebo. The respondents for this film are Rahul Roy and Ravi Vasudevan. Synopsis of ‘Placebo’: Pressure reaches breaking point at India’s toughest medical school; a film maker goes undercover in this prestigious institution to follow the ambitious doctors of tomorrow, wrestling with lifelong dreams, pain and healing – as the school’s administration stands accused of turning a blind eye to an unfolding tragedy…

The Wager on Cinema: Screening 4 – ‘Emergency Cinema’


As part of The Wager on Cinema film series, ‘Emergency Cinema’ – A Presentation on works from the Films Division by Ritika Kaushik, was organised at The Sarai Programme on 22 July, 2016. This presentation facilitated an informed discussion on official deployment of films during emergency situations, and explored the infrastructural context of their production as reflected in the archival information available about commissioning processes, bureaucratic interventions, and film-making practice…

The Wager on Cinema: Screening 3 – What The Fields Remember


How do we estimate the value, aesthetic force, and meaning of cinema today? As media experience, technological change has transformed it beyond recognition, its material forms altered by analog and digital video formats, and the modes of circulating, viewing, accessing cinema and making it have expanded exponentially. And yet, the dream and ambition of cinema as we have known it has not dissipated, the desire to congregate audiences to participate in a distinct world of experience, whether to excite, amuse, to move or to solicit reflection and engagement, to bear witness and to mobilize…

The Wager on Cinema: Screening 2 – The Factory


The Sarai Programme invites you to the second screening of the film series titled, The Wager on Cinema: Rahul Roy’s ‘The Factory‘. The respondents for this film are Jeebesh Bagchi and Prabhu Mohapatra. Date: 30 March, 2016 Time: 4PM (Tea will be served at 3:30PM) Venue: The Sarai Programme, Centre for the Study of Developing… Read More

The Wager On Cinema: Screening 1 – ‘Cities of Sleep’


  The Sarai Programme invites you to the inaugural screening of the film series titled, The Wager on Cinema. The series begins with a screening and discussion of Shaunak Sen’s ‘Cities of Sleep’. The respondents for the film are Nivedita Menon and Aman Sethi. Date: 12 February, 2016 Time: 5PM (Tea will be served at… Read More