Sunny Deol and Ameesha Patel starrer Gadar 2 has shattered many records as the movie has earned Rs. 515 crore at the box-office and whole Bollywood is elated with this big success of the film. However, the senior actor Naseeruddin Shah is not happy with the success of Gadar 2 as he feels it is jingoistic and regressive. Not just the success of Gadar 2 but the success of The Kashmir Files and The Kerala Story has also disturbed the senior actor.
Recently in an interview, he said, “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 further added, “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.”
While Gadar 2 is completely fictional, The Kashmir Files and The Kerala Story are said to be based on true incidents. What is your opinion in regard to the statement made by Naseeruddin Shah? Let us know your views.