Hindi-language journalist Ravish Kumar and filmmaker Vinay Shukla examine the rapidly deteriorating state of television reporting in India.
Kumar is one of India’s leading Hindi news journalists. During his time at NDTV, a leading national news channel, he has witnessed first-hand a changing media landscape. Resources and funds are depleted, colleagues have left for better-paid jobs and ratings continue to dip. Amidst all this, he also has to deal with personal threats, hate emails, the decimation of ethics through competition with other channels, and a rise in nationalism that is radically transforming political, social and cultural life. Shukla presents this story like a thriller, capturing with urgency the threat that these changes pose. As Kumar continues to fight for a fair and balanced news media, While We Watched
reflects an unsettling trend sweeping across the world.