Naseeruddin Shah believes cinema serves as a record of times and he would not want the audience to look back at 2018 as the phase of only one kind of cinema, case in point Salman Khan films. The veteran actor says cinema is for posterity and hence he takes it as his responsibility to do as many socially relevant films as possible.
“I feel that cinema can’t change society or bring a revolution. I’m also not sure of cinema as a medium of education. Documentaries can be educative, not feature films. People see them and forget. The only serious function films can serve is to act as a record of their times,” Shah said.
The actor says it’s for this reason that he chose to work in movies like ‘A Wednesday’ or his recent short film ‘Rogan Josh’, set in the aftermath of 26/11 attacks. “I consider it my responsibility to take part in such films. All my serious works are representative of their times. Cinema will survive. These films would be seen 200 years later.
“People should know what the India of 2018 was like. They shouldn’t end up seeing only Salman Khan films 200 years later. India is not like that. Cinema is for posterity,” he adds.
‘Rogan Josh’ by Sanjeev Vig features Naseeruddin Shah as a celebrated chef at The Taj Hotels who invites his family and friends home for dinner to celebrate his birthday. The dinner table conversation meanders to the shared experience of 26/11 and questions the quality of their existence after the life changing event.
‘Rogan Josh’ was screened at the 20th edition of Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival. —Source: Indian Express