A pioneering political work of contemporary relevance: Communal violence between Hindus and Muslims in 1984 forms the starting point for this film, whose complexity lends it immense political force. The film's historical perspective is provided by a thorough commentary, which gives the camera's particular presence the necessary depth and complexity. The mechanisms of political power struggles, the dynamics among those that hold power, and the instrumentalisation of economic relations and urban poverty make for a striking analysis, uniquely anticipating the subsequent development of communalist conflicts and the politics of marginalisation. “Kya hua is shahar ko?” has been digitalised, restored and screened again for the first time in 27 years as part of the 'Living Archive' project. A DVD including additional historical and contemporary material was released in June 2013.
Deepa Dhanraj is a filmmaker who has been actively involved with the women’s movement since 1980. Over the last few years, she has participated in workshops, seminars and discussion groups on various issues related to women’s status – political participation, health and education. She has taught video to women activists from South-East Asia. She has an interest in media theory and have given numerous lectures in various forums; including colleges all over the country.She was one of the lead researchers on a multi centered research study, ‘Minority Women Negotiating Citizenship’. She is also interested in issues related to education, particularly problems faced by children who are first generation learners.