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In June 25th 1975, Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi declared Emergency on the nation which bestowed her the authority to rule by decree, allowing elections to be suspended and civil liberties to be curbed. This resulted in the mass arrests of leaders and activists of opposition who she saw as a threat to her political life. With the introduction of the new law MISA(Maintenance of Internal Security Act), anyone could be arrested without fair trial or evidences. Making use of the political atmosphere and direct orders from the government, the police department exercised their aggression at free will. For the pro-democracy activists, India became a literal hell from the day of declaration of the Emergency until its withdrawal 21 months later.

The documentary '21 Months of Hell' explores the ingenious torture method administered by the Police for intimidating political prisoners at that time. With the real life accounts of surviving victims of the torture, the documentary also features reenactments of the torture methods of the Emergency. It also investigates the methodology, immediate effects and long term medical effects of various tortures methods.

  • Yadu Vijayakrishnan
  • Yadu Vijayakrishnan
  • Arise Media Network
  • Yadu Vijayakrishnan
    Director of Photography
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    Investigation, Drama, Action, Documentary, Thriller
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 19 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    February 2, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    15,000 USD
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    Digital HD
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Director Biography - Yadu Vijayakrishnan

Yadu Vijayakrishnan is a film maker and cinematographer who started his career at the age of 15. He had directed 5 short films by the time of his admission to media college. While he was in college, he worked as one of the cinematographers of the Brazilian film 'Feio,Eu?. After graduation, he worked in a TV channel for 2 years as Program Producer. There, he directed and produced over 20 TV documentaries and a 50-episode travelogue series. Yadu worked as cinematographer for 2 Malayalam feature films. '21 Months of Hell' is his first feature documentary.

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