Nandita Das: Cinema has a energy to plea prejudices


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nandita das Filmmaker and actor Nandita Das thinks cinema is one of a many absolute mediums (Photo: YouTube/networkofwellbeing)

Cinema stays one of the many absolute mediums to quarrel a divisive army in a non-violent manner, remarkable actor-director Nandita Das pronounced on Friday.

Speaking during a opening of a 23rd International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK), where she was a guest of honour,
Das pronounced if cinema wasn’t so powerful, “nobody would wish to silence us.”

“Times are really difficult. You all have left through the floods. All of us did a really small bit. We all came together,” she said.

“But a other conflict is of a divisive army that are dividing us in a name of religion, caste, class, gender and we have to quarrel them but being aroused and we consider art and cinema sojourn one of a many absolute mediums,” she
added.

Das also pronounced that cinema has a energy to “subliminally go into a subconscious” and rivet us in bringing out a “inconvenient truths”.

“Because if it wasn’t so powerful, nobody would want to overpower us. There wouldn’t be bans, there wouldn’t be
censorships. And we privately have suffered that over a years and we consider people know that it has a energy to subliminally go into a subconscious. It has a energy to trigger conversations to move out untimely truths,” the actress said.

“The middle also has a energy to hint ideas, challenge prejudices and a ability to tell powerful stories,” she added. Das pronounced a IFFK was really special to her as her initial film as an actor, Fire, and her directorial debut, Firaaq
both were screened here. Manto, a second film helmed by Das, is also being screened during a seven-day festival, inaugurated by Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan here.

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