Filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri was in the national capital to launch his first book as an author titled Urban Naxals– The Making of Buddha in a Traffic Jam.
Losing hope to release his film, Buddha in a Traffic Jam in a hostile industry, Agnihotri decided to take it on a roadshow, screening it across the country at top 45 universities and educational institutes. Thus begins a journey of resistance, opposition, humiliation, sabotage, threats and physical attacks. Urban Naxals is the riveting saga of a filmmaker’s struggle and conviction, the behind the scenes story of the making of the award-winning film.
The book was launched by the current Union Textiles Minister, Government of India- Smt. Smriti Irani.
Smriti took to social media at the launch of the book and said:
“Delighted to launch the book ‘Urban Naxals,’ authored by filmmaker @vivekagnihotri based on his observations and experiences during the making of his film ‘Buddha in a Traffic Jam’”.
India’s ‘Naxal Maoists’ are listed among one of the top terror groups in the world. Earlier considered only active in jungles and remote places, Agnihotri unmasks the vast urban network, including leftist academia, media, NGOs and intellectuals, which supports and fuels this terror- starting from his own professor in college days.