Artistic sensitivity ends where religious freedom starts (The Broken Image, Feb 11). Kamalahaasan, who rails against cultural terrorism, must avoid hurting religious sentiments.
K.R. Narasimhan, Chennai
Now that political parties, religious bodies and courts have become the final arbiters to ‘certify’ the quality of films, wouldn’t it be better for the government to wind up the censor board, whose members are reportedly not being paid their honorarium?
K.P. Rajan, Mumbai
It's heartening that people from all cross-sections of our society stood with Kamal. Now that the ban on Vishwaroopam has been lifted, the Madras HC should take the state government to task for the troubles it caused him.
S. Balakrishnan, Jharkhand
"Jayalalitha had indicated in a press conference that the film could be screened if an amicable solution was reached with the Muslim groups"
My question to all "sickular" or "internet hindus", when was the last time an amicable solution was reached with any non-Muslim groups in similar situations?
Here is a great Review
This seems to be one of the one-dimensional movies usually funded by Military-Industrial Complex in Hollywood. These kind of movies come and go in blink of an eye. Timing of relese of this movie is curious. At the same time we have another one of Military-Industrial Complex product "Homeland" running on our TV networks. US is leaving Af-pak very soon. Are these products meant to soften and perhaps put Indian population in favor of Indian Armys' deployment in Af-Pak ? Meanwhile, Indian Ambassador to US Nirupama Verma is talking about India willingly becoming USs' Asian Pivot. Ofcourse, she is talking in regards to South China Sea, but Af-pak is in Asia too.
There should be a stop to stereotyping males as macho, violent and insensitive ( in this film, evil as well ), while stereotyping women as 'an attractive objective males should yearn for'.
This is harmful to males as a gender.
Because of the failure of the state to protect the irreligious ie. the genuinely secular people and their liberty as individuals.
"Indian secularism consists of branding others communal" - Arun Shourie
What I did appreciate about Enemy at the gates, is reality. It appears, Zaitsev did shoot about seven German soldiers, but, what is totally convincing, is when he is speaking to, I believe his friend, Danilov, who gives up his life for him. He is meek, it appears, when Zaitsev address Danilov, before the shooting, and his political commissar Danilov, cannot escape, what a soldier can do, and make excuses for bravery. It appears, Stalin did not discourage high voices in his presence. The love and regard that Danilov has, then, is emmense. Stalin encouraged other national heroes like Zaitsev, because one did not affect the influence the heroism of the other. I believe, Lavrenty Beria, was executed by Stalin, perhaps, which is unfortunate, as Beria should not have operated as a govt. official, in the manner he did.
I don't think Mr. Haasan makes any other films than well meaning, good natured and positive. I didn't see Pushpak, but in West Bengal, people were speaking of the film like Annaud is spoken of, when people like me, see 'Enemy at the gates'. I remember, I only exclusively saw Mr. Bachchan's films, as a very young boy. I distinctly remember looking at the 'Ek Duje Ke Liye' poster everywhere one expects it. Today, I think it is not permitted to put them everywhere in Kolkata. People who don't see movies, watched Pushpak, and became overnight critics and experts, because they loved the movie. These people were not my peers, but slightly older, and I didn't know whether I could appreciate such movies as did these people I did look up to.
The problem is not with Muslims or how they are being potrayed by the Media. It is also not the problem of Hindus or how they are being potrayed by the Media. The PROBLEM is media itself, which being influenced by the West, wants to be labelled itself as open, secular, liberal, democratic, unjust and irresponsive. The people related with entertainment industry (which includes TV soaps, adverts, news journals & publications) are calling themselves as creative and challenging the age old culture, heritage, traditions, religions which as an Indian I am proud of. I think people like this should be thrown out of the country and the statement by J. Jayalalitha is very correct. Why because of few people who exploit things because of their personal gain, the whole state or country suffer. True creativity lies in showcasing a product within the boundaries and not jeoparding lifes of people and insulting them indirectly.
Please think about it !!!
Why dont the muslim groups realise that ALL films typically negatively stereotype males, even while glorifying females roles all the time and get p**s*d only when they are targetted?
The Islam's name has been tainted by its own followers' deeds World over .However neither 7 cuts are necessary for Islam's pristine glory nor Islam can be hurt at all by additional 70 objectionable references .
All Religions are well above praise or prejudiced hostility.
Fanaa was not banned in Gujarat.
Something worth noting:
- A congress government provides police protection for "My name is Khan" when threatened with disruption by Shivsena.
- AIADMK bans "Vishwaroopam" upon threat from Muslim fringe groups.
I am sure that if Muslim groups had threatened in Mumbai, "Vishwaroopam" would have been banned there and "My name is Khan" would have been accorded full security if it had been opposed by VHP or its likes.
It goes to show the strange ways Indian polity works and clearly underlines where and with whom (by this I don't mean this or that religion, but the religious vote banks) their priority lies.
Here is an interesting analogy. The reason why the animal, 'pig', is not supposed to be acceptable, is because they are animals who do not complain. What if a Muslim saw many such animals look at him and talk in a manner which the pigs did not like? I don't regard Muslims, because of any reason other than their belief in God. There is no reason for belief in God, and if we kept our environment proper, then we might at least appreciate ourselves.
KamalH now learnt a lesson whom he can afford to offend and make fun and whom he should never try to put in real context.
It is very gladdening, when people look like J. Krishnamurti. But, it is very distressing, when people who resemble him, are not supposed to be regarded, and it seems, the gentleman who is not regarded well, is also Muslim.
I did not hear from ANWAAR, the most active guy in this forum. The problem is some section of our society is selectively vocal!
All this controversy is likely to make 'Viswaroopam' a big hit in the box office. Kamal Haasan should be happy.
Correction on 5D,
The words "whose opinion is to be commented?" shoudl read as "whose opinion should be blocked/censored if it displeases the powers @ OUTLOOK.
Can you also tell us, why is that some of posts of the commentators here, are often deleted? Is that also a kind of censorship? Or is it that censorship as an exercise is done as per some caste system - the high priests of liberal society ie Kamalhassan, Rushdie, Nandy, Taslima and Roy are exempted from the censorship while the low caste aam admi commentators here are the Internet Hindoos, whose opinion is to be commented? If you really are honest, try to answer that, right here,instead of hiding behind unidirectional articles.
To all those obsessing with the "Absolute Right For Freedom of Expression" I have only one question...
Our Constitution of India does not define and grant absolute right for freedom of expression. It has provisions where under special circumstances, the unlimited freedom of expression is itself regulated by the authorities. Now let us not argue whether it is right or wrong. The Point is - India is diverse in multidimensional ways - religion, caste, race, colour, class, occupation, geography, history, sartorial traditions, customs, food habits , language , accent, and this kind of diversity is itself has no parallel in rest of world.
Given all this , if we were to allow absolute freedom of expression, we need a VERY POWERFUL STATE (read as a strong police state) where we have a huge internal police force to enforce every freedom of expression and stop every person threating this freedom.
We, India are also one of the most poorest places on world in absolute terms, some 300 million most deprived co existing with some 300 million middle class (in which some 30 million or so feudal elite are wanting this absolute freedom of expression). Given all this, and given that we are a populist democracy, the masses are first interested in bread and butter issues and not in freedom of expression, or the right to watch movies like Innocence of Muslims or Nine hours to rama.
The Maslov's hierarchy of needs applies not to individuals alone but to nations as well. India is low in hierarchy of needs and our constitution is designed to meet needs of such a society. So, the first priority of the governing authorities is to address mass deprivation in terms of basic physical and social infrastructure and ensure that majority of Indians are out of this deprivation in coming years. Things like right to see movies that abuse some gods and prophets, are individual desires and cannot be the agenda of a democratic nation of 1 billion where majority are young, restless but largely deprived.
So, the Feudal Liberal elite, who drive in BMWs and participate in AC hall seminars and talk shows and eat in 5 star restaurants, have their own agenda, which is fine and fair enough but their agenda cannot be the priority of nation. We as a nation can wait to read Salman Rushdies or see the paintings of MFHussain but we cannot wait to see the crops of the farmers of TN wither or the children of Rajastan unable to study due to crippling power cuts. There should be a sense of proportion and importance attached to issues and surely right to see offending paintings or read offending speech or view offending movie, though valid is not a priority as some LIMOUSINE FEUDAL LIBERALS of MEDIA like to potray
The shameful thing is that there is no political party or leader forcefully arguing for freedom of speech and how that concept is the fundmental rock of any democratic liberal society. The media too is making excuses. Nehru and other liberals of the Independence movement era, if alive, would have forcefully spoken against circumscribing free speech and explained its importance. The nation has moived backwards in last 60 years.
Only Two Reasons ;-
Kamal Hassan did not agree to give the rights of TV Premier to Jaya's TV .
Second need of Votes of Muslims in coming elections .
However for Film makers and Politicians a simple advisory is that never try to adversely cast even remotely insinuation on Islam .
That is the minimum and the maximum Muslims want .
Hence this simple precaution be taken always .
Otherwise the the demands of Muslims are minimal rather simple . Dangle them them a few few hopes like Sachar Report and promises of Job & Reservations,First take on Resources etc irrespective of the fact whether they get jobs or not it is of no consequences to Muslims .Only Vaiyada-promise is enough !
And add a few lines cursing Modi a then they are satisfied totally . Further if a few lines abusing Rushdi and Tasleem are added then Subhan Allah .
Politicians have perfected the Art of Keeping Muslims in permanent drudgery but Kamal Hassan is learning it now at Wishroopam's cost .
ALL Indian films that stereotype the male as macho, insensitive, idiotic, ( in this case evil ) and the female as innocent, sensous and intelligent MUST BE BANNED.
But of course, if this was done only 1% of typical Indian films would pass the censor.
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