Thiruvananthapuram: Filmmakers in India must be vocal through films against the fascist regime that is spreading globally, opined renowned Indian poet and auteur Buddhadeb Dasgupta. Stating his point of view on “reality” as “boring”, the Bengali film added that “unreality” was not another part of reality.

The celebrity movie maker was speaking on the sidelines of the 23rd International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) in the Kerala capital.

“The state has become omnipotent in restricting the realms of artistic expression all around the world and young artists including filmmakers, writers, poets and photographers are asked to submit themselves in confining their freedom of speech and expression before them”, he said.

“Coming from a country where autocracy exists in both overt and covert forms, the state has become a supreme power over the artistic license in the world.  “Young artists are asked to enclose within the power, for the State has been crippling their creativity”, he added.

“Young filmmakers, in places like Bengal, are pursuing power, which is absurd. They are limiting their own creativity to satisfy the government as soon as they are given awards and recognitions. “The filmmakers in India must be vocal through films against the fascist regime that is spreading not just in India but all over the world”, he commented.

“The filmmaking genre of Satyajit Ray, Ritwik Ghatak, and Luis Bunuel were my inspiration. Music and poetry have a magical influence in the craft of making films; akin to poetry, cinema is filled with images that are surreal.

“Reality is boring, and predictable. Yet unreality is not another world or segment but a part of reality itself. Extend reality and one can find the magic of unreality. Deep in that world, an aesthetic filmmaker will find the derivation of reality, dreams, magic, and images with an absolute newness,” he said.

By Manoj

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