Dhenkanal: With an objective to embed an implicit understanding of the world of cinema among the students, IIMC Dhenkanal organised a National Seminar on ‘Political Narratives in Indian Cinema’ recently. The event was attended by noted scholar Dr. Shoma Chatterjee and the staff and students of the institute.
Addressing the students on ‘Creativity Challenges to Capturing Conflict on Screen,’ Dr. Shoma said, “I can’t differentiate between political and so-called apolitical cinema. In my opinion, every feature film has political undertone in it. Every film is political.”
“Even if you analyse a social or fantasy film, you will find the perspective of the creator in it. This particular opinion shapes our political views in a way. Hence it is safe to say that every film carries a certain amount of direct or indirect political messaging.”
Deliberating on ‘Grassroots Democracy and Regional Cinema,’ Regional Director of IIMC Dhenkanal Prof. Dr. Mrinal Chatterjee highlighted how democratic values are portrayed in Indian Cinema.
“Even in political films, which are supposed to celebrate democracy, we often see heroism and how one hero is supposed to rescue the downtrodden from exploitation. This is exactly the opposite of what democracy stands for,” he said.
The seminar was part of the three-day long series titled ‘Filmi Chakkar-2.’ As a part of the event, a two-day Film Appreciation Workshop curated and conducted by Dr. Piyush Roy was held. An exhibition of film magazines curated by film scholar Surya Deo was also included in the itinereary.