‘I wish cinema could go back to being an accessible medium’
|Shonali Bose (right) with Konkana Sen Sharma (left) on the sets of Amu|
Your win at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival has brought back focus on your National Award winning film Amu after seven years. How does it feel?
We believe crucial scenes and dialogues were cut despite the A certification. In that case what purpose did the film serve?
No, I didn’t agree to the cuts and that’s why my film got an ‘A’. The dialogues were silenced but that, in a way worked powerfully. Although the answers were silenced, the questions conveyed it all. Also, since the questions were posed by widows in the film, it worked metaphorically. But Amu getting censorship was outrageous. I still can’t get over the statement that the Censor Board threw at me at that point: ‘Why should young people know about a history that’s better buried and forgotten?’ And when I showed the film to the children of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel School in Mumbai, they turned to their teachers and asked them why they weren’t taught this. Children lost their parents too in that incident. So what are you trying to conceal?
But don’t you think Indian films today are more pro to portraying women’s sexuality in comparison?
As a filmmaker, it’s difficult to make eye-openers in a country where one wants to show everything through rose-tinted glasses. How do you motivate yourself to make real films?