17 September 2020
(Alley of Ill Repute)
Prem Kapoor (1927-2011, India) studied philosophy at Allahabad University and worked as an editor and journalist at the Hindi magazine Dharmyug before directing films. His doctoral thesis was entitled ‘Esthetical Explanation of Indian Erotic Sculpture with special reference to Konark and Khajuraho’—just as his cinema could be described as studies of desire. Kapoor directed four major works, each radical in their formal experimentation and sexual expression. Unearthed only in the past year after being lost amongst old archives for decades, Kapoor’s vital work has only just begun to circulate across the international cinematic landscape.
Kaam Shastra (1975), Kshitij (1974), Badnam Basti (1971), Triveni (1969)