The Snake Charmer follows Bollywood star Aamir Khan on a journey through India’s television and film industry, as he attempts to change the way Indians perceive and treat women.
Aamir Khan is one of the leading Bollywood actors in India today. He became a star of Hindi cinema in the 1980’s, and his films have been the highest grossing Bollywood films of all time. Until recently, Khan was used to portraying macho men on a quest for vengeance and belonged to an industry accused of encouraging sexual violence against women.
Yet in 2012, Khan’s career took a strange turn, when he created ‘Satyamev Jayate’, the first prime time TV show in India to expose the country’s most critical social issues – from rape to female feticides and dowry killings.
The documentary follows Khan on a journey through India’s TV and Bollywood film industry, from the set of ‘Satyamev Jayate’, to the filming of his new Bollywood blockbuster ‘Dangal’, the biopic of a father who encourages his young daughters to take up wrestling and make their own choices in life.
TV Version: 48/57′
2017 | Thessaloniki International Documentary Festival // Vancouver International South Asian Film Festival
PRODUCED BY: FOREST TROOP AND ANEMON PRODUCTIONS
IN CO-PRODUCTION WITH: Al JAZEERA, ERT
IN ASSOCIATION WITH: SVT, YLE, DR, CYBC
WITH THE SUPPORT OF: THE MEDIA PROGRAMME OF THE EU
CINEMATOGRAPHY: MICHALIS ARISTOMENOPOULOS
SOUND: STELIOS KOUPETORIS, ANITA KUSHWAHA, MOHAN DAS, SATISH
EDITING: THODORIS ARMAOS
ORIGINAL SCORE: TIAGO BENZINHO, SPYROS AND MICHALIS MOSCHOUTIS
PRODUCTION MANAGER: ELENI CHRISTODOULOU
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: FLORA GREGORY
ASSOCIATE PRODUCERS / INDIA: SVATI CHAKRAVARTY BHATKAL, ANUPAMA BOSE, MIRIAM CHANDY MENACHERRY
FIELD PRODUCER / RESEARCH: GEORGIA ANAGNOU
ADDITIONAL CINEMATOGRAPHY: CHRISTOPHOROS LOUPAS, STELIOS PISSAS
CAMERA: DIMITRIS MICHALAKIS, BRETT JUTKIEWICZ, ASHRAF ISLABUDDIN
SOUND DESIGNER & RE-RECORDING MIXER: STELIOS KOUPETORIS, JAMES FELTHAM
PRODUCERS: REA APOSTOLIDES, YURI AVEROF, NINA MARIA PASCHALIDOU
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY: NINA MARIA PASCHALIDOU
WORLD DISTRIBUTION: Aquatic Films