I hope that by now you would have regained your composure. I still have no clue how you reached the conclusion that my film blog A Potpourri of Vestiges is running with the support of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). Pray tell, as a free citizen of a democratic republic, am I not at liberty to praise my own Prime Minister? Can’t I speak my heart out on issues of national and international importance on my very own facebook timeline? Does it make me an RSS agent if I acknowledge the statesmanship and salesmanship of PM Modi? But, what does that make of you? Well, there are those around who wouldn’t think twice before labeling you as leftist or pseudo-secular. Fortunately, I know better than that! I don’t like to jump to conclusions. It is very easy to attack people. Defending oneself takes a lot of courage. And, it is even easier to generalize things. We do it all the time. You read something on my timeline and didn’t even think twice before jumping to your own lame conclusions. I must say that you have a very good imagination. No wonder, you are so committed to the cinematic art! Now, I myself am a great admirer of your art. As a filmmaker, one primarily deals with ideas; persons are secondary. And, yet, you were so categorical in your censure of Prime Minister Modi. In your fit of anger, you described me as “a part of this brainwashed section”. I don’t know about you but it sounds like utter nonsense to me!
For your information, I have been writing on cinema for over seven years as an independent film critic and my articles get featured across various reputed forums, national as well as international. I have written about Indian as well as international cinema. And, my approach to cinema is universal. I don’t like limiting myself by any particular ideology or school of thought. I enjoy Ghatak and Sen as much as I enjoy Ray. Can’t one see and appreciate different sides without adhering to any side in particular? I am as apolitical as it gets. Besides, a person’s political ideology is a person’s own concern. Why should it upset an artist of your stature? Which brings me to your decision to un-friend me on facebook. Well, of course, it your prerogative! You left in such high dudgeon that you didn’t even give me a chance to offer an explanation. Not that I think it would have made any difference. It is not always easy to control one’s anger. But, at the same time, it’s our responsibility to maintain our composure, especially in our public life. That way we can stay focused on our work, away from gossips and controversies!
Now, we haven’t even met in person and are merely acquaintances. I would rather want to describe myself as an admirer of your art. Can't I be an admirer of your craft without adhering to your political ideologies? The trailer of your film Chauthi Koot had filled my heart with great joy. And then my good friend and filmmaker Roopa Barua, who was covering the 2015 Cannes Film Festival for my blog, watched your film and spoke very highly of it. She sent across a very encouraging review which I immediately published in my blog. It was well past midnight but I decided to publish it right away as I was so proud and excited to hear about a young and upcoming Indian filmmaker creating great buzz at Cannes. I wonder what does that make of me? Perhaps, a jingoist!
|My original facebook post about PM Modi|
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