Arts and tradition form the way in which we predict, think about and create. So their protection within the media turns into essential to amplify the world of concepts and dialogue amid the swamp of well-liked leisure.
Uday Bhatia of the Mint, the winner of the 2019 Ramnath Goenka Award within the Arts, Tradition & Leisure Class, did simply that, questioning the depiction of historic figures in movies and the necessity for mythologising them.
In his report, How Bollywood is rewriting historical past, Bhatia explores how the return of the historic epic to Hindi cinema had introduced with it questions on accuracy and intent. At a time when Padmavaat, Kesari and Mannikarnika have been courting controversies, and with Panipat and Tanaji set for launch, Bhatia’s reportage seemed on the methods through which historical past had been reimagined in movies.
Whereas watching Hindi historic movies of the previous 5 to 6 years, Bhatia noticed a sample of falsification and selective studying of historical past. “The ‘outsiders vs patriots’ narrative and this flamable mixture of warmongering and non secular iconography by means of historic occasions have been mirrored in Hindi movies,” he says.
Getting the historic arguments proper was one of many major challenges that Bhatia confronted whereas writing his report. “I used to be attempting to make arguments concerning the historic accuracy and the studying of actual historical past whereas solely having a layman’s information on the topic. It was useful to have specialists like Rana Safvi, Katherine Schofield, Mannu Pillai and Rajesh Devraj weigh in,” he provides.
Bhatia hopes that his piece has created a sure degree of consciousness concerning the type of tales that Hindi cinema is now telling and whose curiosity they serve. “Why are they telling the tales in a selected method? Who’s being forged? Whose tales are being excluded? What communities are being featured and which individuals are being vilified? Although there hasn’t been a change within the type of films made, there are extra questions being requested about movies now as in contrast to a couple years in the past. I hope that after this text, and others like this, makers of those movies are put by means of some kind of scrutiny,” he says.