“THERE ARE GOOD FILMS, BAD FILMS AND THEN THERE ARE INDIAN FILMS”. - Actor John Abraham during the press- release of Deepa Mehta’s “Water.”
In the era of globalization and its allied forces, there comes to the fore varied issues and developments. These are studied by Bureaucrats, Policy Makers, Surveyors, N.G.O.’s,media concerns etc.One such issue that keeps showing itself in the present scenario is Terrorism. At present labeled as global terrorism, after the 9/11 attack on the Twin towers as well as the Pentagon. It is usually identified with bombings, suicide bombers, hijackings, kidnapping, Arsonry, Riotting, weapons of mass- destruction.
Our paper analyses one of the aspects of media and terrorism and that aspect is Terrorism as shown in Indian cinema .From the films shown at Niscort, I would take the initiative to analyze them one after the other.
Media is a catalyst which can range anything from conversation between two persons,newspapers,periodicals, journals,Periodicals,journals,Magazines, Pamphlets, Brochures, Leaflets, Satellite TV, Radio, Cinema-Parallel & Non-Parallel, Documentaries,Drama,theatre- mobile & street , skits, Tamasha, puppetry, Internet or “New-media” to carry the message across effectively. Our paper shall see that light is thrown on different facets of terrorism as shown in Indian cinema. Ethically speaking, media should not take any stance inst ead it should try to present undistorted facts and present it to public to generate constructive public opinion. At least, that should be the standard of Indian media often hailed as the fourth pillar of our democracy.
There is also a double message as the hero outplays his opponent. As Fr. Jude observes this matter also came in a debate format in NDTV and the director counter suggested that youth can bring about change for good by joining I.A.S,Judicioal services,etc.the third film “black and White” is by seasoned filmmaker Subhash Ghai.The film handles terrorism in a different manner. The film focuses on a terrorist and he has subtext / sub questions as to who is a terrorist? Why is he a terrorist? Does he too have feelings? The film uses symbols effectively. For instance, overstressing on Anubhav Sinha’s face.Pre- conceived notions that people are judged either by shades of Black & White. It is interesting to note that, at the end of the film, a paper is shown to be torn apart from the middle, which removes prejudices and pre-conceived notions. The film’s bottom line can be summed up as “destroy the terrorist by changing the terrorist”.
The fourth film “Kayataran” is by shashi Kumar and it is more transcendental in its approach. The film’s backdrop is the ‘84 Sikh riots immediately after Indira Gandhi’s assassination. A journalist goes to the convent he and his mother was given refuge during the riots to cover a story on “conversions”. The screenplay is deliberately kept slow and steady. The story can be said to be the self realization of an individual, acceptance of who he really is? The film uses symbols at will. The very first image of the stained glass image of Jesus Christ being broken sets the tone for a somber narration. Finally, it can be said that such films enables one to think. The tenets of an equal society “Liberty”, “Equality”, “Fraternity” can be achieved by thinking individuals only.