You may think you know all there is to know about AAP. Not till you've seen this film
You wouldn't think there's anything you don't know about the Aam Aadmi Party.
Born and raised in the spotlight, every aspect of the party's short life has been broadcast to death. We are saturated with AAP stories.
AAP has been a fantasy, a spoiler, a surprise, a victor. Its rise has been so rapid and its presence now so entrenched, it's hard to believe that just three years ago, it was an impossible idea.
But in the din of daily media coverage, the most intriguing part of the AAP story has been lost - the story of how a motley group of idealists, activists and citizens transformed themselves into a political force.
Fortunately, two flies on the wall followed the party through its tumultuous first year, and caught the whole thing on film.
In Proposition for a Revolution, Khushboo Ranka and Vinay Shukla give AAP's early days the close portrait they deserve.
The film follows the party from its roots in the India Against Corruption movement to its emergence as a real contender in the Delhi Assembly Elections of 2013.
Through previously unseen footage of of key moments in and out of the public eye - of decision making, in cadre meetings, at mohalla sabhas, on the campaign trail - the films shows us how the AAP came to be what it is today.
In it, we can spot the roots of recent turbulence in the party: the conflict between idealism and political expediency, the temptations of a cult of personality, and the challenges posed by a calcified electoral democracy.
But it would be unfair, says Shukla, to reduce moments in the film to "symptomatic episodes".
"Different ideas in politics are perhaps only different interpretations of power," says Ranka. "This is also the basis for most tensions and conflicts that we witnessed."
At some moments, these tensions boil over - when Arvind Kejriwal challenges a member who claims he 'deserves' a ticket, for instance. The film allows us to feel such tremors beneath the surface.
For Ranka and Shukla, the process of making Prop4Rev has been, perhaps inevitably, one of self-discovery.
"We didn't have a direct interest in the political fortunes of this country before the film," admits Shukla. "We only started with a genuine curiosity to find out what was happening in India, and from there, one thing led to another."
They may have started out with little more than this curiosity, a camera, a sound recordist, and a producer in Anand Gandhi. Now, two years later, they have the definitive document of a formidable Indian zeitgeist.
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