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A cinematic ode to Secunderabad

Manishankar's short film takes you on a journey through 200 years of Secunderabad



The film pans the role communities play in society

Steeped in nostalgia but up-to-the-minute and competing to make a distinctive mark on the global map. That probably defines the spirit of the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad. Clichéd that it has become, the IT revolution, the sumptuous biryani and Irani chai top the recall value of Hyderabad for most outsiders. Secunderabad, though, is still looked upon as the military township that is a melting pot of cultures. The bi-centennial celebration of Secunderabad is perhaps apt time to throw the spotlight on Secunderabad, the younger of the twin sisters. Filmmaker Manishankar's short film, of nine minutes and 30 seconds, does precisely that. Manishankar refrains from titling his short film and lets the spirit of Secunderabad dominate the film. He takes us back on a nostalgic journey, showing us vignettes of the city, through the last 200 years. From the formation of Sikanderabad, the mutual admiration that the Nizams shared with the British, to the dawn of Independence, it shows you the transformation of the military township to the present day potpourri of cultures. Predictably and most befittingly, the short film takes you on a tour touching upon the Secunderabad Club, the Parsi community, education centres, new-age shopping venues, the ever magnificent Clock Tower, the Monda Market and the strong business acumen of the traders, and much more. While the film endearingly showcases the bright side of Secunderabad, people in the city would admit being concerned about the green space slowly giving way to the mall culture and the chocking traffic. But well, 200 years call for celebration and instils hope for better times ahead.

SANGEETHA DEVI. K

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