Thursday, May 21, 2015

Anurag Kashyap’s assistant Neeraj Ghaywan shines at Cannes Film Festival with his debutant film MASAAN

While the audience may have given a thumps down to Anurag Kashyap’s most dear film BOMBAY VELVET but his home production MASAAN, directed by Neeraj Ghaywan has won a thumps up at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival.

According to latest reports MASAAN, produced by Anurag Kashyap and directed by debutant director Neeraj Ghaywan has floored the audience at Cannes Film Festival, who were so overwhelmed by the movie that the audience gave a thunderous applause and a five-minute long standing ovation!

Surely the movie’s success at Cannes must have broaden Anurag Kashyap’s chest and given him a sigh of relief because the kind of cinema he his encouraging will surely in days to come change the face of Indian cinema.

Speaking about the movie, it took three years for Neeraj Ghaywan to complete the script. In an interview Ghaywani said, “MASAAN is an attempt of escaping the conventional mindset, the rigid social structure."

He added, “MASAAN is set in the religious city of Varanasi and touches the age old tale of a low caste man (in this case Dom community, who work at cremation grounds) falling in love with a high caste girl but what makes the movie intriguing is its authentic backdrop and its innovative treatment.”

Readers would be surprised to know that Neeraj Ghaywan, is an electrical engineering graduate from Hyderabad’s Chaitanya Bharathi Institute of Technology and was earning a six figure salary but his passion for cinema drew him to filmdom and he quit his lucrative job.
“I started my cinematic journey by contributing actively to the film website (not functioning presently) through which I came in contact with Anurag Kashyap, who would blog enthusiastically on the site,” he informed.

He added. “One day to my surprise Anurag Kashyap called me and asked me, if I would be interested in assisting him on ‘GANGS OF WASSEYPUR’, which was to be screened at the Cannes International Film Festival.”

He continues, “ I nodded and today my directorial film has been filmed at the same festival, where many legendary filmmakers’ of Indian cinema like Satyajit Ray, Bimal Roy, Khwaja Ahmad Abbas, M S Sathyu’s and Shyam Benegal’s film have been screened! “ 

Another nursery rhyme maligned by Bollywood!

After Akshay Kumar starrer ENTERTAINMENT’s song Johnny Johnny... haanji.. Tuney pee hai? naaji…. Which tainted the famous nursery rhyme Johnny Johnny...Yes Papa… another popular kid nursery rhyme - Lalla Lalla Lori, Dhooth Ki Katori… has been plagiarized by Bollywood and yet again the nursery rhyme has been maligned into offensive lines that are sure to pollute the minds of kids.

The song in question is Lalla Lalla Lori, ‘Daaru’ Ki Katori….penned by Mayur Puri and sung by Jigar, Priya Panchal and Madhav Krishna in the forthcoming movie WELCOME 2 KARACHI starring Arshad Warsi.

Annoyed by the distortion of nursery rhymes a NGO has filled PIL against the Central Government, Censor Board, the Delhi Government and producers Pooja Entertainment Pvt. Ltd asserting the song promotes liquor consumption and ‘maligns’ a nursery rhyme.

The PIL underlines the following stanza ….
Ab main chhota baccha nahi; Bournvita peeta nahi
Ghadi mein saat baje ; I'm on daaru ki katori
Daaru ko behne de; Thodi thodi thodi chadhne de

(I am not a small kid; I have stopped drinking Bournvita
When it’s seven in clock, I indulge in drinking
Let the alcohol flow; little by little let me get intoxicated)

An activist from the NGO claimed the lyrics of the song fall under the objectionable category of article 47 of the Indian constitution (duty of the state to improve the standard of living and to improve public health affairs).

It further urged the court to implement a policy wherein such objectionable film songs which malign nursery rhyme must be banned and film producers strictly penalized.

Interestingly in case of ENTERTAINMENT song too an NGO Early Childhood Association (ECA) had raised it voice. They had even urged Bollywood filmmakers to spare nursery rhymes from being distorted as films have lasting impression on young minds and such songs can pollute their young minds.

Hope our so called sensible filmmaker understand and keep aloof from tarnishing nursery rhyme and content that evil has effect  on our children because they are the future of country and if our future is tainted than what progress can we expect???