WHY ANURAG KASHYAP’S APPEAL IS IMPORTANT?

Anurag Kashyap made an impassioned appeal in his Facebook post yesterday – about unlawfully downloading films.

While he advocates ‘our right to download’, he also requests the ‘prospective’ downloaders to wait till Saturday – to give the film produced by him a fair chance with its theatrical release.

He doesn’t appeal to the downloaders to desist from doing what is virtually unstoppable, i.e., preventing a film from going viral on different websites, including the content sharing ones.

He just requests for them to wait till Saturday.

And that is the normal mode any film’s online presence has. A film is usually uploaded on websites on the next day of its release in theatres. Normally these are bad prints as most of them are camera videos of the film taken while a film is being played.

He wants a grand opening for Udta Punjab’. And why not?

When he says it is about ‘vested interests’, he is making a statement.

The film faced undue controversy only because the assembly polls in Punjab are within a year and drug menace, the burning issue of Punjab, is focus of the film.

Allegations of political interference may or may not be true. Now that the film is in theatres, no one is going to dig more into this.

But the way the controversy has shaped so far, it shows our escapist nature, and it vouches for our obstructionist nature in letting the status quo flow in favor of our escapist nature.

Now that the film has got some solid publicity because of this controversy and has won the battle to get onto theatre screens in time, a brilliant opening in theatres will be a befitting reply to all those naysayers.

Whether the film is for entertainment or whether it carries some socially poignant is not the case. The Udta Punjab row has come to epitomize the ‘freedom of expression Vs illogical censorship’ struggle and if the filmmakers really have made a poignant film, as various reviews of Udta Punjab suggest, the best way to show solidarity with them is to watch the film in theatres.

And that is what perhaps Anurag Kashyap has in mind.

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/

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