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Shubhradeep Chakravorty

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Noted documentary filmmaker, human rights activist, journalist and writer Shubhradeep Chakravorty died on 24 August morning after a brief illness. He suffered a massive brain haemorrhage after which he was admitted in Delhi's AIIMS but he never recovered.

He died young at the age of 42. He is survived by mother, two brothers and wife Mira Choudheri who helped him in making his documentaries. His body was cremated at Manglapuri crematorium near Palam.

Shubhradeep was born in Kolkata in 1972 but had made Delhi his home. A journalist by training and documentary filmmaker by passion, he had made four famous documentaries during the last 10 years.

His first documentary was "Godhra Tak: The Terror Trail". It was about the tragic  incident of 27 Feb. 2002 in which coach S6 of Sabarmati Express got burnt down at Godhra railway station in Gujarat. He tried to find out what actually happened at the railway station on that day and how far the allegation of a conspiracy is true. The incident was used to start massive anti-Muslim riots in Gujarat.

His next film was "Encountered on Saffron Agenda?" It was about the infamous fake encounters of Gujarat which perpetrated to portray Modi as a great hero who was targeted by terrorists.

In 2012, Chakravorty brought out his third documentary, "Out of Court Settlement". It was about beating up, intimidation and killing of several defence lawyers across the country who were appearing in terror cases.

The same year, he made his fourth work "After the Storm" - a film about seven former terror-accused youth who were acquitted by various courts. It highlighted their ordeal and miseries and how they were fighting to survive even after their innocence was pronounced by courts.

His last film was "In Dino Muzaffarnagar" which was not passed by the CBFC which made Shubhradeep very depressed. It is hard-hitting indictment of Hindutva politics that led to the violence in UP. His appeal to the Appellate Tribunal was also rejected.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-30 September 2014 on page no. 13

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