‘You do not want five people to prevent others from watching films’Jan 24th, 2009 | By editor | Category: On Cinema
Jaipur (PTI): Nandita Das hopes her directorial venture ‘Firaq’ based on the aftermath of the Gujarat riots will prompt dialogue on the issue of divisiveness and prevail over any wrong noises the film’s theme generates from right wing parties.
Though it is based on the riots in Gujarat, the film has very little violence depicted in it and deals with the human tragedy and fallout of such events, Das said here at the
Jaipur Literature festival.
“If a film, which is an artist’s creative expression of reality, offends certain people, you can do nothing about it. But you definitely do not want five people to prevent many
others from watching the film,” Das said.
In light of the fact that ‘Parzania,’ another film based on a similar theme had generated protests from some saffron outfits, particularly in Gujarat, Das hopes her willingness to generate a dialogue on the issue through the medium of the film will prevail over any negative sentiment.
“My intention is not wrong. In fact, it is to promote dialogue and discussion over the human tragedy that befell victims of violence,” Das said.
Asked if she was worried about any controversy that might erupt, the actor, who turned both director and script writer for the film, said: “If you have the belief and conviction to come up with something, you manage to get the courage for it as well”.