In the Corona era, abandoned movie theaters are once again filled with houses. There has been heard the echo of applause and whistles. The biggest credit for this goes to National Award winning director Vivek Agnihotri’s film ‘The Kashmir Files’ which is based on the genocide in Kashmir in the 90’s and the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits. Vivek Agnihotri previously made a film like ‘The Tashkent Files’ about the mysterious death of Lal Bahadur Shastri. There is a lot of enthusiasm among people regarding ‘The Kashmir Files’. Its effect can be seen at the box office along with social media. People are encouraging each other to watch the movie while the movie has done wonders by grossing a total of Rs 28 crores on the third day of its release. The budget of the film is 14 million rupees, so its popularity can be measured from its earnings.
On the one hand, people are reading ballads on social media praising the movie, while on the other hand, some people are also calling it politically motivated. He alleges that propaganda is being spread through the film ‘The Kashmir Files’. Through this, non-BJP governments are blamed. Some people even say that the way the film is told to highlight the pain of the Kashmiri pundits, in the same way that a film called ‘Gujarat Files’ was made to show the pain of the victims of the Gujarat riots, should be known. People are also campaigning on social media about it. Politics and society are two sides of the same coin, in such a situation allegations and counter-accusations have been made. But there is no doubt that media work for political interests through cinema has been going on for a long time. Sometimes movies based on real political events have also been made.
Let us know about these types of films, which have been targeted by opposition party governments.
1. Movie- The Accidental Prime Minister
Release date: January 11, 2019
Starcast: Anupam Kher, Akshaye Khanna, Divya Seth Shah and Suzanne Burnett
Director- Vijay Gutte
Where can I see – G5
The movie ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’, released just before the Lok Sabha elections in 2019, is based on the book by Sanjaya Baru, who was a media adviser to former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Akshaye Khanna, who plays Sanjaya Baru in the film, describes himself as the Sanjay of the Mahabharata to Anupam Kher, who plays Manmohan Singh. In this way, the Mahabharata of Manmohan Singh’s life gets a chance to see through Sanjay’s eyes. Throughout this film, Manmohan Singh has been portrayed as a stooge of the high command of Congress, in which the Prime Minister is unable to make decisions from the mind of him. He is presented as a compulsive ruler. The promotion of this movie was also done for the same purpose. In this, Anupam Kher has tried to copy his body language exactly like Manmohan Singh.
2. Cinema – Casa Batla
Release date: August 15, 2019
Starcast: John Abraham, Mrunal Thakur, Ravi Kishan and Nora Fatehi
Director- Nikhil Advani
Where to watch – Amazon Prime Video
The action thriller film ‘Batla House’ directed by Nikkhil Advani is inspired by the Batla House encounter in Delhi. Serial explosions occurred in Delhi on September 13, 2008, killing 39 people. After this, on September 19, the police obtained information that the terrorists are hiding in the Casa Batla. A team of policemen came to raid. During this, two terrorists were killed in an encounter between the terrorists and the police, but two terrorists escaped. During this, a police inspector, Mohan Chand Sharma, was martyred. There was a lot of politics regarding this meeting. Many great congressional leaders called it a bogus encounter. But last year, the Indian terrorist organization Mujahideen Ariz Khan alias Junaid had been sentenced to death by the Saket court in Delhi and sealed the case. Through this film it has been tried to show the truth of the encounter.
3. Movie – The Tashkent Archives
Release date: April 12, 2019
Starcast: Shweta Basu Prasad, Mithun Chakraborty, Naseeruddin Shah, Pallavi Joshi, Rajesh Sharma, Pankaj Tripathi, and Mandira Bedi
Director- Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri
Where can I see – G5
Directed by Vivek Agnihotri, ‘The Tashkent Files’, which has sparked debate over the mysterious death of former Indian Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri. He has also directed the recent release ‘The Kashmir Files’, which is based on the 1990’s Kashmir genocide and the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits. The Tashkent Files stars Shweta Basu Prasad, Mithun Chakraborty, Naseeruddin Shah, Pallavi Joshi, Rajesh Sharma, Pankaj Tripathi, and Mandira Bedi in major roles. Through this film, many questions have been raised about Jawaharlal Nehru and the Congress government. There is a dialogue in it: “The second prime minister of the world’s largest democracy goes to Tashkent. He signs the War Treaty; and he dies. There are hundreds of questions, but not a single commission of inquiry is created.
4. Cinema – Article 15
Release date: June 28, 2019
Starcast: Ayushmann Khurrana, Nasir, Manoj Pahwa, Kumud Mishra, Isha Talwar, Sayani Gupta, and Mohd. Work at Zeeshan
Director- Anubhav Sinha
where can i watch – netflix
Article 15 is the section of the Constitution that strictly prohibits discrimination based on religion, caste, language, color or sex. However, this constitution has also done the job of dividing the country into castes by giving reservation. The essence of the story of ‘Article 15’ is to feel the smell of wheat bread and millet smoldering in two different pans on the same stove. The movie ‘Article 15’ is directed by Anubhav Sinha. In this, Ayushmann Khurrana is in the role of a police officer. Apart from them, Nasir, Manoj Pahwa, Kumud Mishra, Isha Talwar, Sayani Gupta and Mohd. Artists like Zeeshan Ayyub also have important roles. The game of caste and politics has been shown throughout the film. You have to watch this movie to see and understand how politics is done using castes. The government and the system have also been very gently exposed in the film.
5. Cinema- PM Narendra Modi
Release date: May 24, 2019
Starcast: Vivek Oberoi, Suresh Oberoi, Boman Irani, Darshan Kumar, Manoj Joshi, and Anjan Srivastava
Director- Omung Kumar
Where can I see – MX Player?
In the year 2019, just before the Lok Sabha elections, the biographical film of Prime Minister Narendra Modi ‘PM Narendra Modi’ would be released. The promotion of him was being done vigorously. But in view of the elections, it was banned. After the election, when the results were announced, the film was released in theaters. There was great enthusiasm among Modi and BJP supporters regarding this film. Actor Vivek Oberoi played the role of Modi in the film. Producer Sandeep Singh put money into this, while Omung Kumar strove to keep the film close to reality under his direction. The opposition, especially the Congress, had many objections about this film, because they felt that the BJP might try to take advantage of the elections under the guise of Modi’s biopic. This is why Congress vigorously opposed it.