In recent years, Indian cinema has been accused of making politically inspired films. Before the assembly elections in five states, including UP, there were discussions about the political agenda of all the films being made in Bollywood, especially about the films of Akshay Kumar and Ajay Devgan. Due to the theme of their films, both actors are called parts of the BJP. There are many other filmmakers too, some of these films were going to be released just before the assembly elections.
Movies made with a political agenda or a coincidental nationalistic mood, that’s the latter. But on a social level, there is no reasonable argument to reject the fact that movies do not create any kind of psyche. Since the films were released just before the elections, it is natural to see them from a political point of view. Although panicked by the sudden ‘wave’ of the corona epidemic, the creators have backtracked. Movies may have political propaganda, but they will not affect elections.
What three movies could have had a political impact?
SS Rajamouli’s period action drama RRR would premiere on January 7. Following this, Akshay Kumar Prithviraj’s period drama before Republic Day and Kashmir Files directed by Vivek Agnihotri on Republic Day. The history of RRR is imbued with the spirit of patriotism. The film is based on the life of two freedom fighters. One of the two from the upper caste and the other from the listed tribe. Such cultural alliances are always defended in nationalist politics. The film may have presented a conclusion from a nationalistic point of view. The implications of the conclusion are also political.
The release of Kashmir Files was also postponed.
Adorned by the performance of Akshay Kumar, Prithviraj is the story of a hero who has been considered a man of Hindu pride for hundreds of years. Prithviraj is considered the last Hindu emperor of the country. The Sangh and the BJP have always regarded Prithviraj as one of the great heroes. In the case of its premiere before the elections, the film would surely have made a political reference in the Hindu-Muslim debate. Anyway, it is clearly visible that the strong effect of polarization is visible throughout the choice.
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Kashmir Files is also a film about the political situation in Jammu and Kashmir. Vivek Agnihotri has been expressing his political ideology for a long time. His previous film The Tashkent Files is based on the death of former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri, through which serious doubts have been raised about some parts. It has been shown how the Muslim appeasement began in the country and how the leaders in power worked by ignoring national interests. Through the film, Congress and current politics were directly targeted.
The terrorism in Kashmir and the persons responsible have also been identified in the archives of Kashmir. Kashmir’s special status remained a political issue until Modi’s second term. The BJP has always opposed article 370 in Kashmir which grants privileges to the state, but Modi abolished it in the second term. In Kashmir Files, politics would once again be Vivek’s goal and it cannot be denied that even a political reference would have been given. Currently, the three films will not be released.
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By the way, there are many other films like Suheldev’s story The Battle of Bahraich, Ram Setu of Akshay, which can be considered of political impact. Questions are even being answered on the subject of Akshay Kumar’s Suryavanshi, which appeared on Deepawali. Many people claim that Sooryavanshi is a movie made with the BJP agenda. The film that tells the story of terrorism shows the intent of Muslim nationalism. Sooryavanshi has dialogues like Kasab and Kalam. There are things like infiltrators and love jihad. There are conspiracies of Pakistan and ISI. The Muslim representation and its brotherhood with the Hindus manifests itself in the war on terror.
The kind of arguments that ordinary people give in the Hindu-Muslim debate has been addressed in the film. For example, sleeper cells have been living in different cities in India for years. Change your religion, marry Hindu girls and have children, etc. This fictional film addresses all controversial issues in the Hindu-Muslim debate and also offers many conclusions from a nationalist perspective. Those questions were also asked of the film’s producer, director Rohit Shetty, but he rejected accusations that he made the film with ill will.
There is no doubt that movies make the masses. It cannot be clearly said how much of an impact films that were postponed due to Corona would have in the next election. But there are reasons to believe that they must have had some effect.