Different Colourful Designs 2011–2016, SD video, 15 minutes
Described as “a beautification exercise”, the Bangalore Beautification Project is a city-sponsored effort to prevent posters and advertisements from being pasted on public walls. In 2009 the Bangalore Bruhat Mahanagra Palike (BBMP) hired sign-painters to produce a number of prescribed murals on public walls across the city. Familiar symbols of myths, heroes and nature—cursory tales of national identity and pride—were chosen to greet Bangalore’s residents and guests. But there are several gaps between instruction and realization in this beautification exercise. The resulting images complicate the official narratives that they try to portray. Fantastical images, fearful images, duplicitous images, and incomplete images all stand together in trying to keep the walls clean. Different Colourful Designs takes a closer look at these images and the city that etches over them. Footage was shot over several years, adding to the film over the years, observing the decay of these murals. It was completed at a time when the BBMP voiced intent to repaint the walls in the spirit of Swachh Bharat.