International Film Festival of India 2017: We use language extremism in our favour, says Prasoon Joshi


“Some of us have an ability to argue and some of us don’t have that. For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App We believe in this country. “What had become a relatively rigid society is suddenly seeing a lot of churning. That’s not right. 2017-11-23T00:41:16+00:00″>
Published: November 23, 2017 12:41 am

Prasoon Joshi

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Beat winter blues with soft fabrics at homeVIDEO: Bride and groom exchange SNAKE garlands; this bizarre wedding clip's going viralPeople have cancer because of their sins, says Himanta Biswa Sarma; calls it divine justiceWhen asked about a section of the audience becoming sensitive to artistic expressions and interpretations, as in case of Padmavati, the Chairman of Central Board for Film Certification (CBFC), Prasoon Joshi, said: “It is very important that we don’t brush things under the carpet. If you are saying people are becoming sensitive, acknowledge it.” Joshi was part of a panel discussion on “Is contemporary cinema reflecting the literature of our times?” at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), Goa, on Wednesday. Joshi agreed with co-panelist Amish Tripathi that the country is going through a cultural “churning”. He said: “It is very important, because eventually the intent of the society should be about going from where we formally are to a better place. People are struggling to even ask the questions. Until you don’t express pleasure or displeasure, the society would not know where it stands. Many of the things that we witness today is part of this change,” he said. Sometimes, we see in TV debates, sometimes I see at literature festivals. We should understand that a lot of people are not used to debating,” Joshi said, adding “not everybody is so articulate to use the same language”. We also should know that we are going through a huge phase of change.”
The ongoing changes, according to him, might have created a gap. That’s a sort of language extremism which we use in our favour. Because we have the language and the facility with language, we dismiss them even before they can put their point forward. Whenever a massive change happens in a very short period of time, there is a lot of dislocation. However, he said, “Deep down, this country feels and means well.”
Tripathi, famous for his Shiva trilogy, said that post-1991 there are dramatic cultural changes that are taking place in India.