Neeraj Ghaywan is a filmmaker who has managed to find his place in telling complex stories about the ills of society through a heartbreaking human story. The filmmaker who is credited with the Masaan cult that marked the debut of Vicky Kaushal and Shweta Tripathi Sharma, joined Koimoi for an exclusive discussion. While promoting his new short film Geeli Pucchi by Ajeeb Daastaans, he had a lot to talk about his idea of making socially relevant films.
Neeraj, who joined Koimoi with Aditi Rao Hydari, was asked why he decides to add the caste layer in almost every one of his projects, and if he feels responsible for making the change. The filmmaker said he didn’t feel responsible but wanted to point out the issues lurking around us. Read on to find out what exactly Ghaywan has to say.
Neeraj Ghaywan said, “No, I don’t feel responsible as such. I like to highlight issues only through my work. Because the answers belong to people, I think they need to understand and relate to them. I mean, it’s a reality that we all see through, it’s all out there in our living rooms, everywhere. It’s just that we are sort of oblivious and act unconscious. Or, since you haven’t seen it; it does not exist, it is the common fund that circulates. And that’s the reason we have to talk about these stories, because frankly there aren’t enough stories around Hindi cinema on these lines. These are a few of them that were also created through an important servant gaze. It’s not that I want to be this change maker, it’s just that I want to talk about these things.
Neeraj Ghaywan added, “It’s not just about casteism as such, it’s about the intersection of so many things, including caste, sex, sexuality. So all of these things are the ones that are dear to me, close to me, that’s why things move me, and therefore I want to say them.
Further in the chat, we asked him if there was enough acceptance now given caste and sexuality. Neeraj Ghaywan said: “I think so. You certainly see the change. I look around and see that I have so many queer friends, there is no problem now, there is acceptance, times are changing. But of course, we live in a tiny micro-cosmo society, and that might not be reflected nationwide. And therefore, it is essential for us to talk about these issues relating to a particular environment.
“We cannot speak indefinitely about caste, gender and quality of urban India. We have to talk about India which has not been seen. And millennials, they say, fortunately do not have the baggage to be supervised by their parents. So therefore, they are more open and try to understand these things. So I hope for all of this, ”concluded Neeraj Ghaywan.
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