No freedom of expression for filmmakers in India, says Prakash Jha
Prakash Jha, well known for his socio-political films, remarked that it is impossible to make a purely political film in this country as there is no freedom of expression.
“Pure political cinema which will be critical, analytical, which will have the freedom to say what you want to say, this is not the country where you can do that,” Jha remarked.
“You cannot (hope) it’ll change. There is a historical, mythological and real reason for that. I believe that societies in India have always been far stronger and vocal than the state or the government. This is not a new thing,” he added.
While participating in the panel discussion at International Film Festival of India in Pune, Jha blasted on the political condition of the state and suppressive nature of the system.
“We never have really celebrated our kings, state, our governments. This is in our genes. As Indians we are argumentative, we question. Today, if you try and name somebody, with whose subtitle a particular community will associate, they will kill you.”
“I keep on facing this all the time. Even before my films release, there are these societies, political parties and individuals who bombard me with brickbats. So in this country, as far as cinema, literature, culture, is concerned, there is no freedom of expression. Simply not.”
Jha said that Indian film industry does not produce political films. He added, “I don’t think people who have ideologically very fertile or sound mind don’t use cinema as a vehicle for their communication.”
Jha himself concluded that most of the filmmakers are struggling because of pure dynamics, economics and statistics. Also, it is very difficult to have people backing those films.