Kiswah, Nabeela, Maharshi, Madhu: Collateral Damage

Collateral Damage‘ is a student documentary film, produced in 2012, by the Sarojini Naidu School of Arts and Communication, University of Hyderabad, India. The film revisits the Kafkaesque policing and bureaucracies in the aftermath of the tragic May 2007 Mecca Masjid bomb blasts in Hyderabad, India, and it contains interview material that will never be aired over regional and national television. The bizarre rounding up, and subsequent arrest, abuse and torture of about two dozen Musalman young men under the unmentionable ‘guilty until proven innocent’ ‘course of law’, challenges the most fundamental assumptions of a constitutionally guided, democratic republic. Indeed, there are a million mutinies in India, and India appears to be constantly at war with itself. What this film does is to lay bare the farcical investigative and interrogative apparatus of the state police (look out for the first hand accounts of these), as well as put a red/black flag to the Indian news media circus, which, in a complex interlacing with corporate, governmental and religio-political vested interests, creates the essential enemy, the ‘Other’ -- anyone who has a Musalman name and visits a Masjid.

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gud studdent docu


Anyone could be a suspected terrorist, not just Moslems.


could do with a little bit of fine tuning in terms of film craft…but the subject if fairly well done


There is so much violation of human rights across the world it is not even funny. It probably happens most in self styled democratic by the people, for the people nations, including India. Justice has become a joke and power politics is what keeps it all going. Sad but true.

Abby Crews

The lawyer fellow irritated me a bit, otherwise it was ok.

cry india

I wonder how many innocent young men, women are languishing in andhra/Indian jails, framed by a corrupt judiciary and police,,, will they get out at all?


narco lie detection tests r not common anywhere else but in india..i did not no dis

prasad R

Policemen in plains clothes are the most dangeroius!

Vox Populi

I think there are rough edges to this docu, and as a student film I can understand. One does not really know police brutality till you actually hear someone who has been a victim of it. It was brave of these boys to face the camera.


Dear Lord, is this how police investigations are carried out!? I am from New Zealanad, and I am very surprised to say the least.


i think this documentery gives d true picture of d state of justice in india,,sharing it