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Talking reflections

Anoopkumar Thekkuveettil

DOI: 10.20529/IJME.2011.076


When Anusha Rizvi, a journalist who had no previous experience of movie making, came out with a movie on farmer suicides in Indian villages, the first reaction among many was surprise. It is not the sort of story one usually takes up for a career change. Neither is it part of the mainstream approach to Indian film making these days. In earlier times, meaningful stories were discussed by serious moviemakers like Shyam Benegal, Ketan Mehta, Goutam Ghosh, and others. As the intellectual middle class in our country has become more affluent, storytelling has moved from social issues to interpersonal conflicts. Still, with the change in focus we have had movies like Firaaque (by Nandita Das) with a serious discussion on social injustice.

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