Feb 17, 2007

Reality Bites

What is common among movies like Deepa Mehta’s Water and Anurag Kashyap’s Black Friday or Rahul Dholakia’s Parzania? They all are based on real life stories and not surprisingly all have been condemned by the Indian Society.

Deepa Mehta’s Water highlights how widows in India were considered bad luck, ostracized and alienated in the 1930s. It’s no better to this day but Hindu extremist consider it anti-Hindu. Deepa Mehta was not even allowed to complete shooting the movie in 2000. Now it has got an Oscar nomination in the best Foreign Film category as Canadian movie. It is yet to be released in India.

Anurag Kashyap’s Black Friday is based on the 1993 Bombay blast and its aftermath. It has taken 3 years for it to see the light of day!

Rahul Dholakia’s Parzania is based on a true story about a Parsi couple and their son who went missing after the Gujarat riots of 2002. It was banned in Gujarat!!


“How ironical that they don’t want to watch the havoc they caused in innocent people’s lives. The plain fact of the matter is that Indians don’t deserve these movies. They cannot tolerate the truth..”

I have been reading such comments for very long time.. Who is ‘they’??

Ever wondered?? I want to watch all these movies. I and many others like me support such movies. Whole of India cannot be blamed as some factions of our society tend to speak for the entire nation.

Politicians have no business controlling art. It’s a hindrance to Freedom of Speech and Expression! They manipulate our thinking with stupid masala flicks which is what they want us to watch. A tiny fanatical group cannot declare a movie as anti-Hindu unless it is so declared unanimously by every Hindu. If Mr.Modi’s govt had no role in initiating the Gujarat riots of 2002 then why should they be scared of showing Parzania in the state.

What is the truth hidden in these movies that politicians are trying to keep away from the common man is a question everybody ought to think..

These huge way-over-the-head movies with a battalion of actors, no script or a stolen script thrown together with a dozen sorry songs are definitely funded by political parties to over shadow other serious issues.

Renaissance in art has caused large scale political and societal changes over the past century. Hindering the growth and expression of art will only take India back to the dark ages.

1 comment:

  1. This was really interesting to read...thanks for sharing all these wonderful thoughts...and hey since Holi is just round the corner do drop by my blog on Holi Celebrations sometime and enjoy all the fun and laughter it's filled up with!!!


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