Tubelight director Kabir Khan says cinema can make people think. Read more


“Films are the most powerful medium in the country and filmmakers should always put across their point of view without fear.” On political pressure on cinema, Kabir says he had not experienced it and would not succumb to it. As a mainstream cinema watcher, he has “struggled lot of times with the fact that a lot of stories were set in vacuum”, he says. Kabir stresses he has never shied away from taking up social and political issues in his films, stating that he is not afraid to speak his mind. You can’t start shouting, yelling, screaming, abusing as then there is no argument,” he says. And today’s youth likes a blend of reality and mainstream than larger-than-life story telling.”
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© IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd “I don’t get afraid, but I do get upset. Maybe not, unfortunately,” says Kabir, whose new film “Tubelight” — set in the backdrop of the India-China 1962 war — is to be released on June 23. “There is no social or political context. Cinema, he adds, makes people rethink old views. “Kabul Express” was set in post-Taliban Afghanistan, “New York” was about the effects of 9/11 attacks, and the Salman-starrer “Tubelight” looks at a brother in search of a missing soldier. 2017-06-19T10:26:40+00:00″>
Published:June 19, 2017 10:26 am

Tubelight: Kabir Khan directorial starring Salman Khan will release on June 23. Kabir’s films have always had a strong socio-political undertone. “I have not actively thought why the films had India- Pakistan, India-China as backdrop, why ‘New York’ had a US backdrop. I get worried about where we are heading and what this public debate has been reduced to. “You put your point and then a counter point. The filmmaker, however, says his choice of subjects is not intentional, but his aim is to blend reality with mainstream, which interests today’s audience. “I think in today’s time it is all the more important to speak up. That’s the greatest thing about our country that we are allowed to speak our mind.”
Kabir says trolling on the Internet does not bother him, but the dismal state of public debate is a “major” concern. “It (cinema) is powerful enough to at least make people think, make you ponder, if not change. “You do get trolled but that doesn’t scare me, though it does upset me. I have realised it’s not just about (putting) politics as a backdrop in the film but about the way you present politics in your films. The director of “Bajrangi Bhaijaan, a 2015 film about an Indian man who helps a little girl reach her home in Pakistan, says it made people think about relations between India and Pakistan. I do think and put my stories against the backdrop of the real context as those are the films I like watching,” he says. Isn’t this a better option than constantly being at war?” he said. I am not afraid to speak my mind,” he says. “But I don’t know if it’s powerful enough to change the reality. Related News
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One might not agree with people, but there is a certain way of conducting a debate, he says. Like after ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ a lot of people thought about India and Pakistan’s relationship, where are we headed.