By Khushboo RANKA, Vinay SHUKLA


Documentary - Completed 2016

A non-fiction political thriller that goes behind closed doors of the newest political force in India, ‘An Insignificant Man’ chronicles the spectacular rise of a whistleblower from activism to a landslide electoral victory.

& Awards

Toronto - TIFF 2016
BFI London FF 2016
Documentary Competition
Busan - BIFF/APM 2016
Wide Angle
Warsaw FF 2016
Documentaries Special Mention
    • Year of production
    • 2016
    • Genres
    • Documentary, True Story, First film
    • Countries
    • INDIA
    • Languages
    • Budget
    • 0.3 - 0.6 M$
    • Duration
    • 100 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Khushboo RANKA, Vinay SHUKLA
    • Producer(s)
    • Anand GANDHI (Memesys culture lab), Vinay SHUKLA (Memesys Culture lab), Khushboo RANKA (Memesys culture lab)
    • Synopsis
    • At the heart of An Insignificant Man is the most polarising man in India today – Arvind Kejriwal. The film follows Kejriwal and his Common Man’s Party – an insurgent new political party, as they wield basic public issues like water, electricity, and graft against the country’s oldest and most powerful two political establishments. It gives an insider’s view into Kejriwal’s brand of politics, which has split popular opinion into two prominent factions. One labels it selfish and anarchic, while the other insists on seeing it as a major shift in the Indian political paradigm.
      The 100-minute film has been distilled from 400 hours of behind-the-scenes footage shot over a course of two years with a fly-on-the-wall approach. We gain a premium, all-access pass to the backstage of a new brand of politics, finding strength all over the world, transporting us smack dab in the middle of party offices, daily meetings, heated arguments, inside jokes, campaign strategies and the true events and ideologies that inform rhetoric in public space.
      With never-before-seen footage, the film offers a unique insight into the fledgling political party’s battle between survival and extinction in the largest democracy in the world. It follows activists, politicians, and academics on their best days and their worst, as they navigate the absurdities, trials, and chaos of Indian politics; and as they reveal their agendas, intentions and ambitions. Capturing moments of triumph and despair, the film is a moving cinematic journey through the narrow lanes of Delhi’s slums to the closed corridors of political power.