Come learn some obscenity

source rediffA movie that is filled with filthy language, and has song and dance sequences you cant watch with family, has been granted exemption from entertainment tax for three months in Uttar Pradesh.

… with the State Government saying the movie spreads the message of checking crime among youth

Who is that youth being targetted for such a message (assuming the movie carries one) here? Young people in their teens are supposed to be the “impressionable minds”, not grown up folks in their 20s and 30s. But oh o! Omkara carries an A certificate, so only adults are allowed to watch it.

Am I the only one who finds this “tax exemption” odd? Moreover, listen to what the maker of this movie has to say:

Critics have lambasted director Vishal Bharadwaj for excessive use of cuss-words in Omkara, but the director is unruffled by the criticism and says he didn’t make it “keeping audience sensitivities in mind”.

Damn it. If you can’t make movies keeping audience sensitivities in mind, you must not be allowed use of this public medium. Some one please exile Mr Bharadwaj for making such a statement.

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4 Responses

  1. Take it in right way
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    I dont agree to your views. Allow me to dissect ur comments one by one:

    movie that is filled with filthy language, and has song and dance sequences you cant watch with family, has been granted exemption from entertainment tax for three months in Uttar Pradesh.

    Agree with you on that point that what the state govt has cited the reason for making it tax-free is unfathomable.Can’t relate to their rationale.
    You talk of a filthy language – this is what i call hypocrisy. we can watch each and every Hollywood movie with all kinds of expletives and scenes….but when the same things we hear in our own language , we feel embarassed – why so ?

    Damn it. If you can’t make movies keeping audience sensitivities in mind, you must not be allowed use of this public medium. Some one please exile Mr Bharadwaj for making such a statement.

    Please DO NOT quote the maker out-of-context. Here’s the complete conversation:

    “It’s the characters mouthing those words, not me. I’m not the censor chief. The censors understood my intentions as an artist. My characters don’t use forbidden words to play to the galleries. I’m trying to create a reality.

    The abuses are done in a cheerful not in a malicious way. The censor board has exercised its democratic right by allowing the cuss-words. They very kindly gave me the choice of either erasing the expletives and giving me a ‘U’ certificate or retaining the expletives with ‘A’ certificate.

    I chose the latter option because I knew in any case that the film isn’t suitable for kids, with or without expletives. Sidhartha of “Rang De Basanti” called to tell me kids in the theatre while watching it were in splits at the expletives. I don’t know how they got in.

    And as for women, I think men in the audience feel self-conscious in women’s presence. Women are quite comfortable watching the expletives in groups of their own. In any case, the language wasn’t dictated by who’ll be shocked and who’ll not. The characters spoke as they should. I’ve never made a film keeping audiences’ sensitivities in mind.

    And if audiences are so offended by the language how come the film is doing so well everywhere? I’m going to my hometown Meerut right now. It’s a sensational hit there. “

  2. Nitin, criticism accepted. I am glad you agree with me on the stupid logic given by UP government for making the movie tax-free.

    About the quote I used, I do see your point, but I stand by what I said.

    When you make a movie, and that too a commercial one, you cant say you are not keeping audience’s sensitivites in mind. A movie with item numbers, popular music, and popular actors and actresses is a “commercial” venture, right? Then why the claim that he does not have the audience in mind?

    Whether the movie goes on to become a hit or not is besides the point. And in India U or A certificates dont matter, as Mr Bhardwaj says himself – “how they got in”. Like he does not know.

    Just because Hollywood does it, most other Indian movies do it, Mr Bharadwaj may have the right to resort to item numbers and filthy language in his movies too. But he does not have to take “artistic” high grounds by saying he does not care for the sensitivities of the audience.

    Anyway. I might be making a bit much of that quote here. I made this post primarily to crib about the tax-free part.

  3. Youth don’t have to watch a movie to learn to swear! They’d learn it anyway. Yes movie was ridden with expletives but none of it were new to me or to anyone in the audience. Where did they all hear it?

    There’s no denying the fact that this one of the brilliant movies made in recent times. Would you rather have youth watch the senseless mush filled films? A film is a grand version of story telling and the director has told the story very well through Omkaara. We should leave it at that.

  4. If every artist(bad ones or good ones is yet another discussion) made his/her creation to pander to the sensitivities of the public, humanity would stop progressing.

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