Curated By: Shrishti Negi
Last Updated: September 12, 2023, 07:17 IST
Naseeruddin Shah has taken a sly dig at Sunny Deol starrer Gadar 2 for being “jingoistic” and “regressive”. Gadar 2, directed by Anil Sharma, has shattered several records at the box office ever since its release on August 11. The film has earned more than Rs 515 crore nett in India at the box office.
In an interview with Free Press Journal, Naseeruddin Shah has spoken out about how popularity of movies now seems to be driven by jingoism, which he believes is “very harmful”. “It’s not enough to love your country, but beat drums about it and you have to create imaginary enemies. What these people don’t realise is that what they are doing is very harmful. In fact, films like ‘Kerala Story’ and ‘Gadar 2’, I haven’t seen them but I know what they are about,” he said.
Shah further expressed his disappointment over the fact that movies depicting “the truth of our times” often go unnoticed.
“It’s disturbing that films like ‘Kashmir Files’ are so massively popular whereas films made by Sudhir Mishra, Anubhav Sinha, and Hansal Mehta, who are trying to portray the truth of their times don’t get seen. But it’s important that these filmmakers don’t lose heart and continue telling stories. They will be responsible for posterity. A hundred years later, people will see ‘Bheed’ and they will also see ‘Gadar 2’ and see which one portrays the truth of our times, because film is the only medium which could do that. It’s hard to resort to abstraction and capture life as it is. So regressive is a pretty mild word for what’s going on,” Shah added.