Cinema is much more

Cinema is much more than heroes and villains. So whos the hero and wheres the villain Heres the real rub Jhas film explores the dark side areas of caste reservations in university education Howeverit has ended up becoming an expose on vote-bank politics The alacrity with which the chief ministers of Uttar PradeshPunjab and Andhra Pradesh moved to block the films release in their states clearly has nothing to do with a perceived law and order problem and everything to do with the fact that all three states are headed for assembly elections in the near future Being seen as the villain is less painfulpoliticallythan being a hero to supporters of identity politics In Indiaits always been a struggle to make films with a political content It is not just chief ministers or party leadershipbut usually the lumpen elementsoften right-wing extremistswho continue to operate under the illusion that they are the guardians of Indian culture Their politics is not just targeted at cinema with a progressive political contextbut at any form of artistic expression The late lamented Maqbool Fida Husain was its most prominent victimas wasof courseSalman Rushdie Indeedif illusion is cinemas greatest weaponit is also the reason why politicians see artistic expression as a soft targetthe illusion of power India has an unenviable history in banning art with political content Back in 1988Rajiv Gandhihailed as a progressivemodern-minded leaderwas roundly criticised for his ban on Rushdies Satanic Verses The prime minister was in a similar situation that the three chief ministers are in now national elections were less than a year away and his political advisers spooked him into believing that the Congress party was in danger of losing its Muslim vote-bank He later admitted that he had not read the book and had no intention of doing so So is the case with Jhas effort The film released on Fridaybut the protests had begun well beforewith political groups claiming that it was biased against Dalits None of them had seen the film but that didnt deter them Back in 1970the then-Congress government led by Indira Gandhi objected to Amrit Nahatas film Kissa Kursi Ka Nahata was no established film-maker like Prakash Jhabut his film was a scathing satire on Sanjay Gandhis rise to power The Shabana Azmi starrer was Indias first political spoof and its title would become part of Indian political lexicon Indira Gandhis errant son was clearly not amused The films negative and the master-print were forcibly removed from the offices of the Censor Board and burned The irony was that it would provide a powerful handle to the oppositionwhich defeated the Congress in the 1977 Lok Sabha polls Sanjay and his partner in crimethe then-information and broadcasting ministerVC Shuklawere sentenced and sent to jail The greater irony was that no one actually got to see the film Howeverdespite the deneouementit set the stage for an all too familiar script In 1971 in Sikkima documentary made by the internationally celebrated Satyajit Ray was banned for showing Sikkim as a sovereign state Shortly afterthe remoteChogyal-led state merged with India The ban was only lifted last year Even a dyed-in-the-wool liberal like Jawaharlal Nehru was not above playing politics with political films The very first Indian movie to be banned was Neel Akasher Neecheya film by another world-famous director steeped in cinema veriteMrinal Sen It was a film with overt political overtones and the central character was a Chinese labourer His government also banned the classic 1962 film Nine Hours to Ramabased on a critically acclaimed book by historian Stanley Wolpertwho also wrote a definitive biography of Nehru The movie was on the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi but the governments objection was to the depiction of Nathuram Godses political and psychological motivation for the act IndeedIndian sensibilities tend to get overly prickly about portrayals of the country or its people by a foreigneras was the case with the Hollywood blockbuster film Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom It was condemned for its racist portrayal of Indians and banned SimilarlyCity of Joybased on the book by Dominique Lapierrewas banned by the West Bengal state government for showing the city in a bad light?art should not imitate life,The BCCI is in talks with British ball manufacturers ‘Dukes’ for the supply of pink balls which can be tested before zeroing in on a particular brand for the proposed day-night Test matches later this year, Australia and New Zealand had played the first-ever day-night Test at Adelaide last year. I don’t know if they were alive at the time but I remember seeing the angrez (British). However,” Pochettino played down Erik Lamela show of skill during the club’s win over Crystal Palace last weekend when the Argentine striker nutmegged former Spurs winger Andros Townsend. crowd, I was able to make a lot of clutch putts from difficult situations.

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