Nandita Das would not have fathomed that when her film FIRAAQ would release at a time when the general elections for the country have been called and unwittingly it has been embroiled in a controversy. Gujarat government has already banned FIRAAQ and the film has gained notoriety. The element of curiosity however would mean that the pirated versions of FIRAAQ would flood the market, and Nandita Das would be denied the genuine revenue from one of the most productive sectors, Gujarat.
It indeed is a matter of introspection that politically explosive films are getting unsavory treatment as they try to show the mirror to us, like the man in DELHI 6 who keeps on showing mirror to us to introspect. It all started with KISSA KURSI KAA which was the first film that tried to set the political machinations in perspective, and the characters were identifiable with the ruling dispension of the times. It was banned. AANDHI followed it and it also met the same fate, but when it was released subsequently, after much water had flown through the Ganges, it was appreciated.
During the modern times, or the present times, PARJANIA was the first movie that tried to show us the mirror so the mirror was blackened in the form of a ban, and now FIRAAQ has met the same fate. FIRAAQ is the first movie which has got appreciations from as diverse quarters as a Salman Rushdie and an Amaratya Sen, and has already got critical acclaim. In such a scenario would FIRAAQ emerge as a film that can have an effect on the electoral landscape of the country? It is a film that has tried to put emotion in a new perspective and it needs to be appreciated for the same.
This is a first film as a director for Nandita Das, and it could be the turning point in reemergence of the serious cinema from the perspective of emotions. FIRAAQ has already bagged the best film award at the Asian First Film festival, and Nandita Das has been awarded with the best screen play for FIRAAQ, at the same festival. For this sheer fact and nothing else, it needs to be viewed and discussed.