Gadar between real & reel history
Mainstream films dealing with
issues related to the Muslims have, time and again, invited protests from a
section of the Muslim community. Noted film critic Gautam
Kaul recalls films which have earned brickbats from a section of their
audience but have, nonetheless, been successful.
history and reel history is once again getting mixed up. A section of the
Muslim community is angry at the manner in which some aspects of its religious
symbols and practices are being portrayed in a Mumbai potboiler. This is the
latest upswing on a continuous wave of the all too familiar scenario marking the
release of any worthwhile film which attempts to show the minority community
beyond the portrayal of fez-capped people and, perhaps, depict them in a more
contemporary manner in flesh and blood. Sample some recent memories.