Posted : January 28, 2013 at 1:38 pm IST by
Freedom of speech and Freedom of expression is much talked about in India but if one tries to express himself then he/she will be surrounded by various forces who try to influence the final outcome. Powerful sources and persons try to evoke expression in their own favor though the person wants to say exactly opposite or stay neutral.
If some people try to be brave and muster courage and express themselves, then huge controversies erupt. No field is immune to controversy and film and art always is surrounded by controversy. Some say there is thin red line and one should not cross, but some influential few crosses and come out unscatched while mere mortals can not even make normal films expressing their views.
Right from Maniratnam’s Roja, Bombay to Prakash Jha’s Rajneeti, all films faced the music of influential persons. Tollywood has had its own share of controversies and previous year has seen so many that one wonder whether all the protests are genuine.
Successful films like Denikaina Ready and Cameraman Ganga Tho Rambabu plunged into controversies while even at the start of the year there were many controversies surrounding Nayak. Even for small things like character names, titles protests are erupting and many film makers feel if one try to force too many restrictions on them, then it will kill Indian cinema in the long run. They feel that there won’t be any subject, name, title or song which they could include for the fear of facing opposition.
Now most recent to fall in Controversy web is Kamal Haasan’s Viswaroopam. Many with out watching the film started protesting and one wonder what good or purpose it serves. Hope sanity prevails in the end and screening of any film that passes censor board should be allowed. If any film is found objectionable then any party should approach law enforcing authorities rather than arm twist the film makers using brute force.
Posted : October 20, 2012 at 9:45 am IST by
No two persons will be alike and think similarly. In the same way films also come in different manner but now a days hit ratio is reducing drastically. Though N number of films are releasing in theaters, people are staying away from insipid films. Some film makers knowingly or unknowingly touch upon controversial subjects. This may some time help in publicity generating interest but the same may effect the performance of the film.
Some decades back Ramoji Rao’s Pratighatana on Usha Kiron Movies was engulfed in controversy and it helped in the film minting money at box office. The film generated lot of controversy as it was based on some unsocial elements in Vijayawada. Now T activists are venting their anger on Cameraman Ganga to Rambabu.
This is not for the first time Pawan Kalyan’s film is in controversy. Earlier protesters cooled only after his film’s title ‘Komaram Puli’ was changed to ‘Puli’. Even for Mahesh-Puri’s ‘Business Man’lot of hue and cry was witnessed over the song ‘we are bad boys’ which hurt feelings of hindus. No one can beat RGV when it comes to controversies. His film ‘Rakta Charitra’ based on Anantapuram faction leaders courted trouble even before its release. Similarly he generated trouble by announcing ‘Bezawada Rowdeelu’ with Naga Chaitanya. Later it was changed to ‘Bezawada’. More recently he even announced ‘Reddygaru Poyaru’ for his new film.
Controversy on Vidya Balan’s ‘Dirty Picture’ is well known. Silk Smitha’s relatives even approached court to stall the release of the film. Innocence of Muslims was banned across the world for its controversy.