Tanuja Chandra’s documentary debut, Aunty Sudha Aunty Radha, captures the life of her two elderly aunts in a North Indian village
Tanuja Chandra says that this documentary ended up teaching her a few things about life as well as cinema. Most of the conversations with her aunts were filled with banter even when they talked of serious subjects such as death.
Nearly a decade ago, two sisters — Sudha Garg and Radha Rani Sharma — gave up their urban life and made village Lahra in Uttar Pradesh their home. Surrounded by green fields, garden and, most importantly, their adopted family of domestic help, Garg, 86, and Sharma, 93, now spend their days in “comfort and harmony”. Last year, filmmaker Tanuja Chandra paid them, her paternal aunts, a visit with a small filming crew. After spending a week with them, chatting about their idyllic life, soaking in the morning sun, eating together and laughing endlessly, Chandra came back with hours of footage. That’s now edited and titled Aunty Sudha Aunty Radha, Chandra’s first documentary.
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