India is the largest democracy in the world and is supposed to be a fairly liberal society when it comes to the issue of ‘Freedom of Expression’.Cinema , Art and Literature are different mediums to express individual or collective ideas or views.The laws of the country make sure that expression and execution of individual or collective ideas and act don’t hurt another individual or any section of society physically , emotionally , culturally or financially.And that they are not a threat to the cultural , religious and social harmony.But what we usually forget is “Caste-Harmony” which pops out from nowhere whenever you mention a word , that is , “AARAKSHAN”.
Mr Prakash Jha has produced many movies such as ‘Mrityudand’ , ‘Apaharan’ , ‘Gangajal’ and ‘Rajneeti’.What is amazing about his creations is that he picks a rather serious subject and treats it in a very relaxed and balanced manner so that the entertainment quotient of the movie is not subsided by the complexity of subject.His unusual way of story-telling makes him one of the most loved and trusted film maker equally among masses and classes.The most beautiful moment always comes in the later part of the movie when he drives his story to a ‘Poetic-Justice’ in the climax and that is why his movies hardly attract any controversy.
But this time , with his new venture “ARAKSHAN” , he ran out of ‘good-luck’.It has been banned in three states namely UP , AP and Punjab.That is unfortunate and frustrating that you put a blanket ban on something you have not even seen.That is how it happens in India and perhaps only in India.Isn’t it ridiculous that a movie is banned even if has been watched and passed by the Censor-Board ?
What is most depressing is that it is happening in an age when whole world is looking up to India to take a leading role as Economic and Political Superpower in the region(At least this is what Hillary’ recent commenting her India visit suggest)and our policy maker are busy in investing their extra time to decide which movie we should see and which not.And this happens when there is a separate ‘Constitutional Body’ solely for this purpose.
It seems to defy logic that in a country where 49.5 seats/Jobs are reserved ‘Legally’ for Backward and Schedule Caste/Tribe in government offices/institution ,a movie on the same subject is banned.”ARAKSHAN” is legal ‘Act’ so why a movie on ‘Arakshan’ is not ‘Legal’ ?
May be , just the mention of word “ARAKSHAN” disturb and shake the confidence of people who have supported this knowing fully well that it has lost relevance in the current socio-economic structure which is completely different from the time when The Constitution of India accommodated the word “ARAKSHAN” !