No one’s ready to tol­er­ate in to­day’s so­ci­ety: Prakash

Prakash Jha, who is known to make so­cio-po­lit­i­cal movies, talks about the current so­ci­ety and peo­ple

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Film­maker Prakash Jha says no­body in present­day so­ci­ety is ready to tol­er­ate any­thing against their be­liefs. “We talk about tol­er­ance all the time, (but) no one is ready to tol­er­ate to­day — not in the house, so­ci­ety or coun­try. We are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a dif­fer­ent kind of so­ci­ety at this time,” Jha said. “I was talk­ing to a Supreme Court judge re­cently, and we spoke about how most of the vi­o­lence that the world experiences to­day, hap­pens ei­ther be­cause of food or sex. We are like an­i­mals fight­ing over food and sex. The only dif­fer­ence is that the an­i­mals don’t overeat and overindulge, but we as hu­mans are al­ways overeat­ing and overindulging,” he added. Jha, who has made so­ciopo­lit­i­cal films like Da­mul (1985), Mri­tyu­dand(1997), Gan­gaa­jal (2003) and Raa­jneeti (2010), doesn’t feel that cin­ema can bring so­cial change. “But I see that it’s a pow­er­ful medium to keep the is­sues un­der dis­cus­sion. Re­cently, we re­leased a film called Lip­stick Un­der My Burkha. My as­sis­tant came to me with the script; I was stunned. I saw these four women, who were ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the op­pres­sion of life. Male gaz­ing in our so­ci­ety is thor­oughly per­mit­ted — you can look un­der the skirt, have a half­naked woman go­ing around. From a male point of view, ev­ery­thing is per­mit­ted. But, here (in Lip­stick...), a woman wanted to stalk. It looked com­pletely dif­fer­ent, and I thought we have to make this film,” he added. Talk­ing about the dif­fer­ent is­sues he has wit­nessed in In­dian so­ci­ety over the last few decades, Jha said, “So­ci­ety is in con­stant move­ment. Things keep hap­pen­ing and chang­ing in the so­ci­ety. This changes the whole be­hav­iour of the so­ci­ety... In be­tween 2000-2010, the whole world went through a huge change. What­ever we have con­sumed dur­ing that time, we won’t be able to pro­duce it in the next 40 years. Now we are deal­ing with a re­ces­sion. There is a loss of faith just be­cause the mar­ket is de­pressed. These are the things that we ob­serve and make sto­ries out of it,” he added.

PHOTO:YOGEN SHAH

Prakash Jha has made films like Da­mul (1985), Mri­tyu­dand(1997), Gan­gaa­jal (2003) and Raa­jneeti (2010)

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