Wednesday February 20, 2019

Irrfan Khan says Indian filmmakers must become innovative in storytelling

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New Delhi: Internationally acclaimed actor Irrfan Khan feels Indian filmmakers should not just stick to the basics while making a film, but should rather try on to get in more innovative approach to make Indian films known globally.

“If there is any field which becomes stagnant, it will pound to come down. Indian films need to reach the world audience and for that it needs to find a new language,” Irrfan said here at the NDTV Indian of the Year 2015 awards on Tuesday.

“It (Indian filmmakers) needs to find a new way of storytelling. It’s very necessary to find the bigger audience. We can’t keep on making similar kinds of films all the time. We need to find something innovative, like the way audience gaze is evolving and is changing our storytelling ideas,” he added.

“It is bringing new actors and encouraging them,” Irrfan, best known for his roles in Oscar-winning films like “Slumdog Millionaire” and “Life of Pi”, said.

The actor, who had a wonderful last year with all his films – “Piku”, “Talvar”, “Jazbaa” and Hollywood film “Jurassic World” – doing well both commercially as well as critically, was given the Actor of the Year award by former Indian cricketer Sourav Ganguly.

Asked about his acting style, Irrfan said: “I’m bored with things very easily. I can’t repeat things. For me acting is a way of exploring things.”

“Sometimes when an actor make a comment or pass his opinion, I have heard people saying that ‘he is an actor so he should do only acting’. I feel very strange because for actors everything and anything is their subject matter,” he added.

Asked to share his views on the ongoing ‘intolerance’ debate, Irrfan said: “Everybody should have the right to speak their mind and concerns. If you are told to shut up, then these are not good signs for a growing society.”

“Once (‘Life of Pi’ director) Ang Lee was asked why you don’t speak about your country’s politics when he was here? He said, ‘We don’t speak about politics. We should feel safe to say whatever we want to say. We should be free to express ourselves’.”

Irrfan will next be seen in Hollywood film “Inferno” alongside Tom Hanks.(IANS)(Photo: www.filmymonkey.com)

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Bollywood Tells Stories About Love, But Also Highlights Stalking

Cinema gets a dose of creepiness in the name of love

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Be it Varun Dhawan’s attempts to woo Alia Bhatt in “Badrinath Ki Dulhania”, or Akshay Kumar following Bhumi Pednekar and clicking her photographs without her consent in “Toilet: Ek Prem Katha” or Shah Rukh Khan singing the famous “Tu haan kar ya na kar, tu hai meri Kiran” — Bollywood tells stories about love but also highlights stalking.

Social activist Ranjana Kumari blames cinema for creating a culture of stalking women.

“They show that initially women say ‘No’ but don’t take ‘No’ for a ‘No’. It is actually a ‘Yes’. It has been there since long. Stalking has been packaged in a romantic way,” Kumari told IANS.

“It conveys the superiority that men have over women. She, in any case, has to give in. It is a myth that is being perpetuated by creating this culture… She is still an object of his desire,” she added.

Actress Swara Bhasker, who appeared in “Raanjhanaa”, admitted that the Aanand L. Rai directorial glorified stalking.

Bollywood Actor Varun Dhawan
Varun Dhawan.

“When it came out, it got panned by feminists for glorifying stalking… For a long time, I refused to believe it and thought that it is not true… But then as time passed by, I was like, actually, maybe yes,” she said when she joined actress Kareena Kapoor Khan for an episode of her radio show.

According to psychologist Samir Parikh, films have an impact on people at some level or the other.

“When you see something being presented in a palatable manner to you, you feel it is okay to do it, so you get desensitised to it. You get disinhibited and it changes your perception of reality. People, especially youngsters and vulnerable ones, end up doing what they see their role models doing,” Parikh told IANS.

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“It is important to educate and upgrade people and give them the right support and guidance,” he said.

All is not fair in love, and it is time to put the lens on it as well. (IANS)