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DEMOCRACY UNDER THREAT, SAYS NANDITA DAS

By Mukul Arora . 8th June 2018 11:30pm
DEMOCRACY UNDER THREAT, SAYS NANDITA DAS

Nandita Das, whose film 'Manto' which was screened at Cannes film festival in France. While talking with a leading daily she said that she's really concerned about rising attacks on writers and actors. Be it religious intolerance or riot-like situation over 'Padmaavat' she feels that right-wing groups are becoming the country's so-called moral police. Issues over 'Sexy Durga' or occasional calls to put a temporary ban on Pakistani artists the conversation on the extent of creative freedom comes to media highlight. We all know about Gauri Lankesh murder case which was a clear move to silent the rising voice against the government. Nandita feels that all these tantrums are to silent the creative voices. “Martin Luther King Jr. said that Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter’. These days rather its media or any other individual person, people are being censored by the vigilante groups. Conservatives and right-wing groups are dominating people by becoming moral police. At the same time, people in the censor board are more biased over the content and their judgments are going more subjective. Madhur Bhandarkar's 'Indu Sarkar' which rammed into trouble for portraying Gandhi family as masters of emergency in India was told to release without cuts by the Indian government. Talking about 'Manto' she said that 'Manto' is based on Sadat Hasan Manto, he was the one who stood for the rights of sex workers in Pakistan. His stories rejected over six times and on this Manto said that if you can't bear my stories then it means we are living in unbearable times. Manto features Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the title role and is scheduled to be screened at Sydney Film Festival from June 6 to June 17. The film is expected to hit the Indian screens in September.