Taaza Khabar: Krishna at Allahabad Press - Part 1
Director: Bishakha Datta; Cinematographer: Ranu Ghosh
Duration: 00:20:46; Aspect Ratio: 1.333:1; Hue: 129.804; Saturation: 0.016; Lightness: 0.369; Volume: 0.266; Cuts per Minute: 14.825
Summary: Part of the footage of the film Taaza Khabar directed by Bishakha Datta and produced by Nirantar. The film is about the journey of a team of all women journalists of Khabar Lahariya (a grassroots newspaper published by the women themselves) through several obstacles. The determined efforts are to ensure the 62nd issue of Khabar Lahariya reaches its readers on time. The women are from Chitrakoot district in U.P. who report stories that find no space in mainstream media. It also portrays how these women have created their own space and established their identity in a context where patriarchy and caste-based discriminations are dominant. In this event, Krishna, one of the Khabar Lahariya journalists, travels to Allahabad to get the newspapers printed. She is seen negotiating the time at which it can be ready, and constantly keeps a watch of the progress of the work, ensuring that it's done speedily.
The interiors of the Bhargava printing press at Allahabad are seen, where workers are at various stages of work. Several sounds of the machines at work fill the air. Closeups of the different parts of the machine bring out the rhythm in which they function more closely. Sounds and images of wheels, nuts and bolts moving in unision create a true factory atmosphere.
Karwi, Chitrakoot, UP, Allahabad
Women, public space, printing, paper, machine, rhythm, cycle, worker, light, flicker
nuts, bolts, wheel, machine
photographs, time, Karwi, payment, bus, copies, home, agree,
Krishna, a Khabar Lahariya journalist meets one of the men in charge at the printing press to get Khabar Lahariya printed. She hands over the sample copy of the newspaper to him along with photographs and starts negotiating the time at which the final prints can be ready. The man says he can give it tomorrow, but on Krishna's insistence agrees to give it the same day. When she asks him the exact time at which it can be given, he says at six in the evening, to which Krishna immediately disagrees with. She argues that six in the evening is too late as she needs to travel back to Karwi the same day, and taking a bus at seven would be late. She asks for it to be given at one in the afternoon. He finally agrees after she repeatedly insists and sticks to her argument. With a strong resolve on her face, she says with a finality that she will not go anywhere and will sit and wait right there. She firmly places her hands on the packet which is on the table and taps it to prove that she is serious. She confirms to print 1500 copies. She reminds him to try and complete it before one so that she can reach home on time. There is silence while both of them sit and wait. She asks him to send the negatives, after which he calls for someone to take care of it.
arrange, negatives, bill, wait,
Krishna gets up to speak to the other person who is writing the bill and informs him of the agreed time. She also asks him if the paper to print has arrived and confirms if it's the same paper that they always use to print. She stands and watches while he sorts out the negatives, occasionally having a look at the arrangement herself. She returns to her chair and continues to wait. While waiting, she prompts them to hurry up. Another customer is seen giving instructions and interacting with one of the workers.
The man at the desk makes a call to find out the status of the paper. Krishna is seen waiting at the desk. Outside the press, a man on a cycle rickshaw brings in fresh sets of paper and delivers it inside. Krishna goes upstairs to check if the work has started. After making enquiries about the paper, she continues to watch them work.
discuss, instruct, phone, call,
table, light, stairs