Context, topicality, relevance etc., are all terms that can be associated with Ajay Devgn starrer AAKROSH, also starring Akshaye Khanna, and produced by Kumar Mangat. Taking off, from yesterday's column, one can say that AAKROSH indeed is a film that is really apt, underlining the churn that our country is going through, what with the Khap, the Panchayat of the Jats in Haryana raising the clarion call against government's reported move to bring it under control.
AAKROSH is a film that is based on honour killing and if one were to scan through the newspapers and the online editions of various newspapers published from North India, everyday, nearly, one or the other newspaper features an item about a killing taking place in the name of honour. So, the content is there, it has to be picked up from the newspapers and the news items and to be searched leaving away the sepia toned delusions in which the film world as a matter of convention operates.
When one talks of the lack of content, the statement reminds one about the Spanish prisons of the Middle Ages, which were made in circular shape, so one was aware about the light dancing around the walls, but the notion of time was not known. Same can be construed, when one laments about non-availability of the topic.
AAKROSH, incidentally, in sync with the earlier avatar of the same name, which gave to Hindi cinema the actor of the caliber of Om Puri, is a hard hitting film, that is indeed going to make the audience sit up and have a reality check. Indeed, the notion of Spanish prisons is also applicable for the average middle class as well for whom every such incident is no more than a news item, which just has to be seen and forgotten. Fortunately enough, Hindi cinema is seeing emergence of new breed of cinema makers who are ready to showcase content relevant to Indian society in the present context. Actors like Ajay Devgn are also there, who are leveraging their brand equity to experiment and go against the grain, is really reviving Indian cinema in a big way, more so during the last one year.
The Khaps are also jittery about the loss of face that they might have to experience once AAKROSH releases, and to preempt its release, they are planning to convene a Maha Panchayat to put pressure on the government not to release the film.
Well, so far the government has not relented, and if we indeed have to move forward and show case to the world that we are modern indeed, more such films need to be made that could force the people of the country to change the notions and perceptions which are archaic and do not have a relevance.