Moral policing in any form and shape is just not acceptable and must be condemned outright. Attack on Bhansali, cannot be accepted. At the same time filmmakers presenting the story by distorting facts and adding imagination to that level from where it looks more like a fiction is also not acceptable.
Since, yesterday I am watching a lot on filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali being assaulted, I have my own take on this which may not be acceptable to many especially those who admire his ‘imaginary’ works. At the outset I condemn the attack on filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali since no ‘moral policing’ is accepted, least can be supported. Besides, they were goons. However, I have no doubt that he has twisted the facts as accused by the attackers since Bhansali has been doing that in all the films.
Bhansali may be a big name in the Bollywood and many may admire his works but I have no regards for his cinema, I had my share of shock seeing Kiron Kher and Smita Jaykar dancing on the roof in Devdas. Apart from that there were so many scenes (especially Chunilal and Devdas) which were just ‘absurd’ in the film. We all have seen so many versions of Devdas, most common among them are Pramatesh Barau and Bimal Roy but I am not comparing the genius of two with that of Bhansali. I am sure those who think rational will agree that Shah Rukh Khan can never beat Dilip Kumar or Motilal with Jackie Shroff ( in my wildest dreams, I would not even dare to compare…)
I have nothing against ‘treatment’ as any fimmaker would do that since carrying out original novel in film is just impossible. Even Great Master Satyajit Ray had on many occasions discussed how he had done the treatment for ‘Pather Panchali’ or ‘Jalsaghar’ or ‘Seemabadha’. Treatment should me in such a way which should and must be within the four-walls of the novel and story, not an ‘absurd’ imagination which will go ‘overboard’. Incase of period films, the responsibility is much bigger since many will come to identify the history through his or works (since not all will or tend tend to read the history), twisting and turning facts by adding pinch of fiction is a crime.
Late Manmohan Desai was much better, I would say who did not preach to be real and always said he makes films for “entertainment” with larger than life ‘masala’ in them…
Tributes to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose on his 120th birth anniversary, a day very special for every India and certainly for Bengali community ‘coz’ it’s the birthday of Netaji Bose who was ‘manasputra’ (very difficult to translate in English, it’s a Sanskrit term. “mind-born son” is translated term) of Swami Vivekananda and led the way towards freedom movement. Freedom would not have come by following Gandhi’s philosophy of “if some slaps you one cheek then let him slap you on left cheek too”. Freedom has come because of hardliners. Netaji Bose gave the slogan of “tum mujhe khun do, main tumhe aazaadi dunga” and “Chalo Dilli” which worked like miracles and large number of boys and girls jumped into INA mesmerized by these words, rest is history.
Netaji Bose did not die in the plane crash at Taihoku but I am not going into the controversy related to his disappearance which is another big issue.
I am one among those who simply don’t believe the Taihoku story, never believed (my friends are witness who have seen me fighting with anybody who would try to establish the stupid story) I am among those Netaji Bose admirers who believe people like Netaji Bose are immortal, they will live forever…”SabSe Uncha Hai Duniya Me Jhanda Hamara NetaJi Zindabad…Aabad karenge, Aazaad karenge, Aabad karenge…” Pronaam!
Watching news since evening, I can see the shadows of Singur and Nandigram or better if we say ‘ghosts’ of Singur and Nadigram are out of the closet. The only difference is that time CP…
Watching news since evening, I can see the shadows of Singur and Nandigram or better if we say ‘ghosts’ of Singur and Nadigram are out of the closet. The only difference is that time CPIM was accused of carrying out atrocities. How can we forget then chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharyaa has said “we will pay back in same coins’ which later turned into ‘political’ boomerang and Trinamool came to power. This time Trinamool Congress is in the backfoot. Village is tensed, villagers scared as night is getting darker. They feel any moment Police will enter their village and ransack their homes, same thing took place during Nandigram and Singur when Budhhadeb babu’s police ran havoc inside the village not sparing children, elderly least talk talk of women who were raped and killed. Villagers in Bhangar have geared up to fight out and have placed logs, trees and barricades at the entry points to stop police. Villagers have accused police of opening fire on them and killing over two innocent people, the recent was Alamgir who succumbed to bullets late in the evening. State government is in the backfoot as villagers have accused one time Mamata Banerjee confidant Arabul Sheikh of fanning the land acquisition drive in the area. Trinamool MLA from this region Rezzak Mollah known for being vocal and don’t even hesitate to embarrass own party high command has accused Arabul and his own party for letting people like Arabul to grow.
The situation is tense and people in the area are scared to hear that high level police meeting is going and forces from adjoining Kashipore, Barasat are on their way to crush the protest. Trinamool Congress has accused Jadavpur students alongwith Maoists fanning the movement and has asked police to identify Maoists hiding in the area which clearly means it has given green signal to police to enter the village or should we say crush the agitating voices, as then CPIM had done in Nandigram and Singur.
It’s just the beginning, as coming will days will see political drama when opposition will leave no stone upturned to question Mamata Banerjee over the development in Bhangar just like she had done during Nandigram and Singur. The big question is when Banerjee had said on Sunday that land will not be taken forcefully for building substation then why did this happen and on whose order police had entered the village and opened fire…Question like this and many more will be asked in the coming days, Mamata Banerjee may find it ‘choto ghotona’ (small incident), ‘sajano ghotona’ (concocted incident) and ‘bohiragoto der kaaj’ (work of outsiders) but she will have to reply especially when President Pranab Mukherjee will be on a visit to Jharkhand and West Bengal and entire media will be focusing on Bhangar…
Finally, being a journalist myself, I condemn police and alleged Trinamool goons attacking reporters, camera-persons covering the story in Bhangar. Scribes were brutally beaten up with rods and sticks. Trinamool Congress has been in the past too has attacked Press and Media for anti-establishment reportage. Condemn!