Responsible Filmmaking…

The following article is based on my own interpretation of the said events. Any material borrowed from published and unpublished sources has been appropriately referenced. I will bear the sole responsibility for anything that is found to have been copied or misappropriated or misrepresented in the following post.

Varri Anusha, MBA 2015-17, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur

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My Sixteen year old brother called up last week to tell me about a movie he watched. He seemed quite impressed with the content, which I could understand because he would never call me to talk about any random movie he watched. It was the recent release ‘Neerja’ – the story of a 23 year model cum air hostess and her extraordinary courage. Throughout the call he was convincing me to take time out that very week and watch this movie. It was then that I thought, ‘When was the last time someone tried convincing me so much to go and watch a film?’, and I couldn’t recollect. And that too, a movie like ‘Neerja’ being suggested by a teenager was not something that happens too often. That was when I decided to watch it to the earliest possible and my brother was right. A Hindi movie without item songs, without loose plots, without vulgar comedy and without anything that would make me say, ‘why did I even think of wasting these two and half hours?’. Film making sometimes does wonders and this was one example. And this is what films ideally do – they impact the society, its thinking and its actions. Film makers need to understand that they have this onus on themselves, of conveying a constructive message to the society. If teenagers like my brother are thinking about this particular movie even 24 hours after watching it, I was just trying to imagine the impact action movies, movies with vulgar comedy and obscenity have on their thoughts and actions. In a country with approximately 250million adolescents, it becomes even the more important to keep a tab on the content being released in public. And everyone knows, ‘keeping a tab’ is next to impossible. It is all about responsible film making. But all this is easier said than done. And so I discuss all this with my mother, and both of us get going with our usual work.

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Do we even remember the root cause?

The following article is based on my own interpretation of the said events. Any material borrowed from published and unpublished sources has been appropriately referenced. I will bear the sole responsibility for anything that is found to have been copied or misappropriated or misrepresented in the following post.

Varri Anusha, MBA 2015-17, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur

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We, the common men of this country, have become so involved in living our routine lives, that we have almost lost the holistic view of what changes are going in and around. We almost forget that we have a role to play in this changing environment. If we are to become a ‘Developed Nation’ from a ‘Developing Nation’ (which I don’t even remember since when we are continuing to be), we need to think and act beyond the trivial matters which are our only concerns in day to day life. But as human nature demands, we refuse to acknowledge the need for action until and unless it starts affecting us. Something similar happened which pushed me to write this article today.

Among many things I was taught in the formative years of my life, there was this very important thing which I still remember crystal clear – Reservation is provided to people belonging to socially backward classes, in order to encourage and support them. Back then I had this doubt that, ‘how will providing reservation support them, rather it will only further strengthen the fact that they belong to a socially backward class’. For this I was explained that, reservation is to balance out the challenges they face, be it financially, intellectually or anything else for that matter. I was happy to know that emphasis is being laid on providing everyone with equal opportunities. Time went by and then I saw something which did not agree with the very reason behind what I thought was the root cause of providing reservation. I saw students, with parents in elite positions, taking admissions under category seats. I saw people with absolutely no financial issues get category advantages. These incidents made me wonder that why is nothing being done to reinforce the so called ‘providing equal opportunities’ idea. My frustration reached its peaks when students of my calibre, almost same or less score than mine and better family backgrounds than mine made it to better engineering colleges. This whole quota system started making no sense. But as time passes, one should stop trying to make sense out of anything & everything. So did I.

Today, I remember all this when the Jat quota issue is starting to cause havoc in and around, politicians in action, anti-social elements disrupting the normal functioning of the society, wrong emotional cards being played and everything possible is being done to take this turmoil to new heights every day. And all this is being done for what? May be another election season, or may be something as petty as showing power by stalling parliament sessions. Thinking of a country which is embroiled with issues like poverty, unemployment and increasing crime rate, there is just one thing that comes to my mind – Do we even remember the root cause?

Isn’t it too apparent by now?

The following article is based on my own interpretation of the said events. Any material borrowed from published and unpublished sources has been appropriately referenced. I will bear the sole responsibility for anything that is found to have been copied or misappropriated or misrepresented in the following post.

Varri Anusha, MBA 2015-2017, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur

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With upcoming UP elections, it was quite expected of our so called ‘leaders’, to make statements which even they don’t consider giving a second thought to. But what baffled me was, a highly literate and foreign educated person like Dr. Subramaniam Swamy making a statement saying – Ram Mandir must be constructed in Ayodhya and that should be started this year.

It all started back in 1992, when several ‘Kar Sevaks’ led by BJP leaders like L.K. Adwani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharati made an attempt to demolish the ‘Babri Masjid’ to restore the original Ram Mandir, which they consider was demolished for building the Babri Masjid. Since then the case is pending in the Supreme Court. Now the construction of Ram Mandir can’t be done till Supreme Court gives a verdict. But Indian politics runs more on our sentiments than on our development and thus the Ram Mandir issue has become an eternal weapon for BJP. Every time there is an election, the construction of Ram Mandir is one of the election promise made. And as soon as the elections are done, the matter goes into cold storage. The irony is that, BJP was in power from 1999 to 2004, led by Mr. Atal Bihari Vajpayee as the Prime Minister, but still the construction of Ram Mandir could not be done in that period for the simple reason of pendency in court.

Now the funny part is that, every time these election gimmicks don’t work. In the Bihar election, one irresponsible statement from RSS leader Mr. Mohan Bhagwat, on reservation issue, cost them a complete election. So, raking up the temple issue by BJP leaders eyeing Assemble elections of 2017 in UP, Bengal, Assam may in fact boomerang BJP. It only shows that BJP has not learnt its lessons from Bihar elections.

Another point that makes me wonder is that, even if BJP manages to get a nod from majority Hindu Electorate for building Ram Mandir, will the construction be done in the spirit put forth by our so called ‘leaders’? I have my doubts.