Cinematic reflections

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 12 Oct 2018 12:46:56



Veteran writer-filmmaker Gulzar says cinema is not like a Bible which will teach people to be good human beings, but it is rather a mirror which reflects society.

Gulzar was interacting with the media at the launch of Bhavani Iyer’s debut novel Anon in Mumbai recently. Commenting on a recent movement that has gained momentum, Gulzar said: “Cinema is reflection of the society. If we say harassment of a women or a girl is happening only in cinema, then I don’t think so. It has spread all over the society. Cinema has yet spared you where harassment cases are still occurring with 4-year-old girl and a 8-year-old girl and thank God that cinema hasn’t put that mirror in front of people.

“But beware, cinema has started reflecting every part of your life.” Gulzar has directed path-breaking films like Koshish, Aandhi and Maachis in his career. He was honoured with the Padma Bhushan in 2004.

He said cinema cannot teach people how to be good humans. “It is not only dependent on good old stories. We say we love children and we respect women, but are we doing that in our real life? So cinema is still sparing you... Which you have started realising, so let the cinema come in and tell you this is what you are.”