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Balaji Maheshwar a.k.a Raskolnikov

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Balaji Maheshwar, as an artist, identifies himself by the name ‘Raskolnikov’. He is a Photographer as well as an Independent Film maker from Chennai. He has been working on his photobook ‘Dear Cinema’ for the past five years and is also presently working on a feature length documentary titled ‘Thalaivar’ based on Tamil Cinema and Politics.

Artist Statement
“Religion is the opium of the masses and sigh of the oppressed.” says Karl Marx. For Tamil Nadu, Cinema is a religion and maintains close relation with politics in the state and doubles up as a medium for propaganda. Through this project titled First-Day-First-Show, Balaji investigates the idea of masculinity propagated through cinema and how fans revere their on-screen idols. Being part of the same crowd during the growing up years, the concept of ‘First-Day-First-Show’ comes across as an account of a cinema fanatic rather than the work of a photographer.

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