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Dibakar Banerjee On Why He Can't Make 'Khosla Ka Ghosla' Today: I Can’t Make A Film As Patriarchal As That Anymore

Dibakar Banerjee revealed that he cannot make 'Khosla Ka Ghosla' today. He called his directorial debut film patriarchal.

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Dibakar Banerjee’s directorial debut, ‘Khosla Ka Ghosla’ is considered to be one of the finest Hindi films and also his best work to date. However, in a recent conversation, the filmmaker said that he cannot make that film today because it is patriarchal.

Speaking on ‘Unfiltered by Samdish’, Dibakar Banerjee said that he cannot relate to ‘Khosla Ka Ghosla’ anymore. The only emotion that he feels with the film is nostalgia. He said, “Khosla Ka Ghosla is a very patriarchal film. I can’t make a film as patriarchal as that anymore. It will feel like a lie.”

Explaining the patriarchal angle of the film, the director said, “It’s about the father and the sons. All the female characters are helpers, they are all enablers. The character of Tara Sharma in Cherry’s life is also an enabler.” He mentioned that not just the film, but the characters are patriarchal as well. He added, “At the end of the film, all of them live together in that ‘train-coach’ type house. I don’t agree with it anymore. This is not how it should be. But that’s the ideology, that’s a different story.”

‘Khosla Ka Ghosla’ revolves around a middle-class man who tries to gain possession of his land and ends up losing his savings. Starring Anupam Kher, Boman Irani, Vinay Pathak, and Ranvir Shorey, the film won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi in 2006. It proved to be a commercial success. The film has also been remade in Tamil and Kannada.

However this year at the Busan International Film Festival, it was announced at the Asian Contents and Film Market that this film is being remade in Telugu, Marathi, and Kannada as well.

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