Sunday, June 18, 2006
GUJARATI MOB MENTALITY
Here's a story about filmstar Aamir Khan and the boycott of his latest film Fanaa in Gujarat. The BJP threatened multiplexes just because Khan has said publicly that poor people displaced by the building of the Narmada Dam be fully compensated and resituated by the Gujarati state government. His press conference went on for ages on telly with journalists asking the same questions again and again. He really did make no bones about his antipathy to the BJP state government responsible for the pogrom of 2002 and growing ethnic chauvinism.
Fanaa is also Kajol's comeback film. I haven't seen it yet, but reliable sources say it's pretty good. It has central Muslim characters, deals with the Kashmir issue, and allows for more ideological ambivalences than your standard nationalist Bollywood flick of the last few years.
Posted by nabeel at 7:31 AM