Advertisement
Monday, Nov 29, 2021
Outlook.com
Movie Review

Algorithms

A matter-of-fact storytelling which doesn’t turn things pitiful or righteous.

Algorithms
Algorithms
outlookindia.com
-0001-11-30T00:00:00+05:53

Documentary featuring Charudutt Jadhav, Darshan, Saikrishna, Anant
Directed by Ian McDonald, Geeta J.
Rating: ***

From the first shot of fingers touching and feeling the chess pieces—those pawns and bishops—Ian McDonald sets up a gentle, unhurried and pondering pace for his documentary, Algorithms is about the extraordinary world of ‘blind chess’ in India. The flow is as measured, precise and thought-out as the game itself, at times still and hushed. All with the mellow music of Prasanna in the background. In focus are three young boys—Darshan from Baroda, Sai Krishna from Chennai and Anant from Bhuba­neswar—all with the amb­ition of becoming grandmasters. Their mentor and confidant is the spirited Charudutt Jadhav who, having lost vision at 13, beat the sighted to become a national chess champion. He left it all in 2004 to become a visionary of another sort, devoted to the cause of chess for the blind. The film catches them all through a period of three years—from preparing for the world junior blind chess championship in Sweden in 2009 to the next championship in 2011 in Greece.

Advertisement

Outlook Newsletters

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Read More from Outlook

1st Test, Live: India Continue To Push For Win, Need 3 Wickets

1st Test, Live: India Continue To Push For Win, Need 3 Wickets

India are closing in on another famous victory at Green Park, Kanpur. This time against World Test champions New Zealand. Follow live coverage of India vs New Zealand first Test.

Omicron In India: Five Steps To Stop Outbreak Of New Covid-19 Variant

Omicron In India: Five Steps To Stop Outbreak Of New Covid-19 Variant

Cases of Omicron, the latest variant of Covid-19, have not yet been reported in India.

Omicron Shows Why Countries Need To Start Sharing Their Vaccines

Omicron Shows Why Countries Need To Start Sharing Their Vaccines

'Despite the repeated warnings of health leaders, our failure to put vaccines into the arms of people in the developing world is now coming back to haunt us', wrote former British PM Gordon Brown.

Omicron In India: How New Covid-19 Variant Is Impacting Travel Across States

Omicron In India: How New Covid-19 Variant Is Impacting Travel Across States

India has issued fresh travel restrictions for international travellers coming from 'at risk' nations in the wake of the Omicron outbreak across several countries in the world.

Advertisement