The Argumentative Indian
Director: Suman Ghosh Starring: Amartya Sen, Kaushik Basu Run time: 60 mins | Recommended Certificate: U Language: English | Year: 2017 | Country: India, US, UK
The festival joins forces with London School of Economics’ South Asia Centre to present this fascinating documentary offering an insight into the mind of Indian Nobel laureate Amartya Sen, one of the world’s greatest living economists and philosophers. Structured as a free-flowing conversation between Sen and his students and Cornell economics professor Kaushik Basu, this rare film explores the laureate’s formative years in Tagore’s ashram Shantiniketan to his college in Calcutta and his academic career in the US and UK, with cameos from former Indian prime minister and noted economist Manmohan Singh and a host of other scholars.
Suman Ghosh is a National Award winning Indian filmmaker. He has made six feature films and one documentary film. He had his film training at Cornell University in New York. His first feature film Footsteps, starring Soumitra Chatterjee and Nandita Das won two National Awards in 2008. It was shown at numerous film festivals including Vancouver, Karlovy Vary and IAAC New York. His second feature film Dwando, also starring Soumitra Chatterjee, was a part of the Indian Panorama at IFFI Goa in 2009. His next feature film Nobel Thief, starring the Indian megastar Mithun Chakraborty was world premiered at the Busan IFF and was an official selection at the BFI, London Film festival. The film received the Best Indian Film award at the Bengaluru International Film Festival in 2012. His next feature film Shyamal Uncle Turns Off The Lights has had a warm reception from critics and audiences all over the world. It was world premiered at the Busan Film Festival in South Korea. His next feature film Kadambari starring Konkona SenSharma and Parambrata Chatterjee is based on the life of Rabindranath Tagore and his controversial relationship with his sister-in-law Kadambari Devi. It was screened at several film festivals worldwide and received the Best Feature Film Award and the Best Actress for Konkona Sensharma at the Washington DC South Asian Film Festival in 2015. His feature Peace Haven had its World Premiere at Busan IFF and was an official selection at MAMI and NYIFF.