Everywhere You Go, Priceless Memories Will Follow

 
Shot in Pusegaon village, Maharashtra, this picture shows the fashionably modified walls and roofs of the tent have been constructed from discarded posters.

Shot in Pusegaon village, Maharashtra, this picture shows the fashionably modified walls and roofs of the tent have been constructed from discarded posters.

“I could see a number of tents playing different movies. You could hear all movies at the same time. This, for me, just captured the romantic essence of cinema.”— Amit Madheshiya

“I could see a number of tents playing different movies. You could hear all movies at the same time. This, for me, just captured the romantic essence of cinema.”— Amit Madheshiya

The lure of the silver screen is something that captures the attention of the entire country. From the high-rises of Mumbai to social gatherings in rural areas, the idea of cinema strikes a chord with one and all. The photograph shown alongside is a part of a series on the travelling cinemas of rural Maharashtra. The series won the top prize in the Arts and Entertainment (Professional) category at this year’s Sony World Photography Awards.

The winner, Amit Madheshiya, is a Mumbai-based photographer and documentary filmmaker. Amit started the project in January last year, and continues to record their travels even today. According to him, the most challenging aspect of shooting a travelling cinema is that he had to rebuild a rapport with the people, whenever the cinema would shift fromone village to another.

This young photographer took up the project, because he was captivated by the idea of making a visual record of these make-shift tambus (tents) that play movies from noon till the next morning at 6am.“When I had gone to the village for the first time, I could see a number of tents set up in different areas, all playing different movies. In fact, you could hear all movies at the same time. This, for me, just captured the romantic essence of cinema as a phenomenon that binds the masses,” he says.

—Raj Lalwani

View Amit’s series on travelling cinemas here—Cinema On the Go

 

 

 

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