Reel to Real

India Today - - MAIL -

Your big story, “The Rise of Reel Pol­i­tics” ( Septem­ber 2) is an apt com­men­tary on the films that are cur­rently be­ing made in Bol­ly­wood. The rise of “reel pol­i­tics” is ev­i­dent from the lat­est films from the Bol­ly­wood fac­tory, Madras Cafe and Satya­graha as well as the TV se­ries 24 that will go on air from Septem­ber 24. Th­ese mark a new wave of po­lit­i­cal cin­ema and TV shows. How­ever, politi­cians and par­ties should re­mem­ber that th­ese are af­ter all works of fic­tion, and should not go out of the way to dis­rupt the mak­ing or screen­ing of th­ese films. RAMESH SINHA, Gur­gaon More and more Bol­ly­wood di­rec­tors are now com­ing up with po­lit­i­cal dra­mas that bear close re­sem­blance to ac­tual events in In­dian pol­i­tics. While it is an en­cour­ag­ing trait, it can’t be said that In­dia’s po­lit­i­cal class is grow­ing more tol­er­ant to­wards such on­screen por­trayal of po­lit­i­cal events and in­ci­dents. The very fact that it took Shoo­jit Sir­car so long to make Madras Cafe shows how hes­i­tant film­mak­ers are about mak­ing movies that are based on true in­ci­dents. And we can’t blame politi­cians alone. In­dia is known to be in­tol­er­ant to­wards on­screen por­trayal of any par­tic­u­lar com­mu­nity, sect, re­li­gion or prac- tice. It is time we act in a more ma­ture man­ner and learn to laugh at our­selves. ROSHNI SINGH, Chandi­garh

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