Winner : Dupont-Columbia Prize
A profile of 83-year-old Bahali Ram, cousin of writer Ved Mehta. Follows Ram, whom Mehta affectionately calls Chachaji, as he goes about his daily routines in Delhi, living on the meager wages of two jobs, a government ration, and the care of indulgent relatives.
The film won the Dupont-Columbia Award for its glimpse into the history and traditions that influence Indians today. Ved Mehta: “For the last 30 years I have lived in the west…I have written almost a million words trying to explain the country of my childhood to myself and to others.”