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Matinee idols

Between 2003 and 2005, photographer Shahid Datawala received a grant from Sarai for a project on cinema and cinema-going culture in Delhi.

Between 2003 and 2005, photographer Shahid Datawala received a grant from Sarai for a project on cinema and cinema-going culture in Delhi.

Thus began his journey to several of the city’s decrepit single-screen theatres.

He stood in the shadows to take pictures of the people who went to the movies.

Underneath the hoardings that advertised them, of the buildings that were losing their battle against the shinier, modern multiplexes, and remembered what a visual treat the cinema hall could be, even before the first reel was looped onto the projector.