Communal violence & Bollywood
Filmmaking is about telling a story, but every now and then, the story is so strong that the telling isn't as important anymore. Indian cinema is seen as the dominant media institution and an integral component of national cultural and social process. Since the release of Mani Ratnam's Roja in 1992, the frequency of films that focus on the issue of terrorism has grown making this a new genre in Hindi cinema. Films like Roja, Fida and Fiza have focussed on terrorism mainly and use Muslim characters in terrorist roles .Rarely has a film been made which portrays Hindutva and a Hindu character as being the antagonist. Depiction of the riots in Gujarat would by necessity have to represent Muslims in the role of victims of predominantly Hindu antagonists. While mainstream cinema may have turned a blind eye to the horrors of 2002 that dark episode in India's very recent past did not go completely unnoticed. Documentaries such as Ramesh Pimple's Aakrosh (2003) and Ramesh Sharma's Final Solutions (2003) and feature films like Nandita Das' Firaaq (2008) and Rahul Dholakia's Parzania (2007) do make a visual/cinematic intervention into the public discourse on the riots eight years ago. Rahul Dholakia's Parzania is a wake-up call, a powerful eye-opener to the world so close to us, a pointer to the bloodlust lurking beneath the semblance of calm.It is, quite simply, a film that should be seen. Based on a true story, Parzania revolves around a Parsi family in Ahmedabad. Cyrus played by Naseeruddin Shah is the local film projectionist married to Shernaz played by Sarika . Their kids, Parzan, 10, played by Parzan Dastur and Dilshad, 8, played by Pearl Barsiwala are an imaginative pair, and, as they cavort around the breakfast table, they are portrayed as happy family. Allan Webbings played by Corin Nemec is a disillusioned American, comfortably late with his dissertation and not giving a damn about most things. His tragic back-story is...
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