Dhenkanal,16/01/19:National Seminar on ‘Political Narratives in Indian Cinema’ organised 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’ here on Wednesday. Speaking on the event, senior journalist and film scholar Dr. Shoma A. Chatterjee said, “I can not differentiate between political and so-called apolitical cinema. In my opinion, every feature film has political undertone in it. Every film is political.”
Speaking on her topic, ‘Creativity Challenges to Capturing Conflict on Screen’ she said, “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. He said, “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.”
Regional Director of CBFC, Cuttack Gopal Mahapatra, deliberated on ‘Politics and Entertainment in Indian Cinema’ while Film Researcher and National Film Award-winning critic Dr. Piyush Roy spoke on ‘Changing Celluloid Images of the Indian Politician’. A number of film researchers also presented their research papers on this occasion.
With the seminar, the three-day-long series of events titled ‘Filmi Chakkar-2’ also concluded. A two-day Film Appreciation Workshop was curated and conducted by Dr. Piyush Roy on 14th and 15th. There was also an exhibition of film magazines down the ages curated by film scholar Surya Deo. ‘Filmi Chakkar-2’ is the second edition of the much-acclaimed event ‘Filmi Chakkar’ held as part of the Institute’s Silver Jubilee celebration last year.