As a society, we must have space for dissent to grow: Nandita Das

Nandita said she finds the digital platforms a great space for the audience to watch many interesting and engaging documentary films. Over the past few years, censor issues, bans and protests related to movies has become rampant. The actor-filmmaker, who believes people have become “touchy”, says space for disagreement and existence of different ideologies is crucial in a democratic society. I might just dislike some of the films and TV shows that are shown, I might just find it completely regressive but does that mean I will break all the TV sets and stop people to watch them?”
“No, I will express my opinion on social media. Asked if people are becoming over-sensitive about films, Nandita told IANS: “Sensitive is not the word. For me, sensitive is a positive word. But as more and more people are watching documentaries on the digital platform, filmmakers gain a chance to convince producers about how people are watching such films and their money will not be wasted,” said the 1947 Earth actor. She believes more documentaries can enrich the audience. As a society, we should have space for dissent to grow.”
“We should have a difference of opinion, ideology and argument. In today’s time, when investigative journalism is going away and people’s attention span is becoming shorter, we need more and more documentary films to get an insight of the incidents that are happening around us,” she said. “I think documentary films bring out the truth of the matter in the narration. In the film, I have captured only four years of Manto’s life.”
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Nandita was present at the launch of the #FilmForChange campaign, an initiative by the Indian Documentary Foundation and Good Pitch India, to support documentary films and filmmakers. 2018-03-16T10:19:10+00:00″>
Updated: March 16, 2018 10:19 am

Nandita Das shared her opinion about the changing dynamics of our society. From raising her voice on the bias against dusky skin in Indian society, acting in thought-provoking and bold films like Fire and I Am and making a film like Firaaq — Nandita’s work has made a substantial contribution to the attempt at bringing about a change through the medium of entertainment. Being sensitive means you care about somebody, you care for others’ pain. People are being touchy. Without giving out much, Nandita said: “It was a tough film to make as not much documents were easily available. The audience is eagerly awaiting her new directorial Manto, starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the role of author Saadat Hasan Manto. Being touchy and trying to control opinion, trying to dictate what to say, what to show, is not being sensitive. “It is true that the release or even making of a documentary is difficult in terms of budget and in terms of getting financiers. Related News
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