Raghu Rai- An Unframed Portrait (2017, 55 minutes) is a film made by Avani Rai and is executive produced by Anurag Kashyap and Iikka Vehkalahti. The film was screened in Finland, Norway, Poland and at TRT documentary days (Turkey) – as opening film, Doc Edge (New Zealand), Doc Fest (Germany), MakeDox (won the moral approach award, Macedonia), Nordisk Panorama awards (in competition, Sweden) and is playing at the prestigious 20th United Nations Association Film Festival in San Francisco.
Among its many screenings in India and abroad, the film was screened at Goethe Max Mueller Bhawan, Kolkata on 28 November 2018 and shows the developing relationship between Avani and Raghu as Avani, the daughter follows the father with the hope of understanding the person through his work and through time. By the end of the film, we find that the dynamics between the two has changed for the better.
The film features many of Raghu Rai’s iconic photographs, which are used to send home the sheer historical significance in these black and white images. Avani sees these photographs through her childhood and they remind her of the various moments in her own life.
In an interview with Entertainment Times Raghu Rai once commented, “Sentimentality colours your vision and it is not good for a creative person. You have to be free of personal and emotional sentimentalities. One should be able to look at the world with a clean and pure eye that can reflect the truth of a situation. If you get coloured, the reflection will also have that colour. You have to have a warm heart but cool eye.”