Muck Raker

India Today - - LEISURE - —Sukant Deepak

Con­tro­ver­sial film­maker Q’s new film Garbage was con­ceived amidst tragedy. Two deaths framed the story—that of his mother’s and his friend, per­fume spe­cial­ist Mon­ica Ghurde. But his grief wasn’t his only in­spi­ra­tion.

“The at­mos­phere in the coun­try over the last few years has been deeply dis­turb­ing as well. More so, the lack of en­gaged con­ver­sa­tions or art­works about the ob­vi­ous strife we were see­ing as a na­tion,” says the di­rec­tor, who achieved in­stant no­to­ri­ety with his first fea­ture, Gandu, in 2010.

“I had ini­tially thought of a more sub­jec­tive, satir­i­cal take on my con­di­tion, which was loosely called F***ed. But the gen­eral feel­ing of doom and im­pend­ing cri­sis drove the story vi­o­lently to­wards re­al­ity. We ended up mak­ing a se­ri­ous film about hu­mans as garbage,” he says.

After a world premiere in the Ber­lin In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val’s Panorama sec­tion this year, Garbage was first screened in In­dia on Au­gust 20. Like Gandu, how­ever, it won’t see a the­atri­cal re­lease.

Q says Garbage— which deals with what he con­sid­ers as In­dia’s rapid slide into quasi-fas­cism— is his most dan­ger­ous and straight­for­ward film yet. For the Na­tional Award­win­ning au­teur, who is known for the ex­tremely edgy Ludo (2015) and Tasher Desh (2012), that’s not an idle state­ment.

“The pro­tag­o­nist, a big­oted per­pe­tra­tor, seen from very close, re­veals in­tense com­plex­i­ties,” he says. “We try to un­der­stand the nu­ances of deep-seated faith in in­equal­ity and the sense of en­ti­tle­ment.”

Hav­ing ex­per­i­mented with the su­per­nat­u­ral (Ludo), Q con­firms that he’s bent on ex­plor­ing var­i­ous gen­res with his sig­na­ture vi­sion.

Too con­tro­ver­sial for cin­e­mas—or the cen­sors—Garbage was re­cently ac­quired by Net­flix, which so far has not shied away from po­lit­i­cally charged films and se­ries. Still, though the dig­i­tal world has opened up huge op­por­tu­ni­ties, Q says it re­mains to be seen how brave stream­ing chan­nels will re­main over time. “I have been su­per­lucky with Net­flix sup­port­ing me. But I wouldn’t con­sider my­self an in­sider,” he says.

An in­ter­na­tional fes­ti­val reg­u­lar, Q's lat­est film Garbage, is a re­sponse to our po­lit­i­cally nau­se­at­ing times


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