16 June, 2021

A Mainland ­Filter On Your Movie Lens

Artistes from the Northeast are yet to get their due in tinsel town

A Mainland ­Filter On Your Movie Lens

How the Northeast is represented in Indian mainstream cinema becomes a point of discussion yet again with the release of Rock On 2, the sequel to the 2008 hit Rock On. The film was set largely in the northeastern state of Meghalaya—something to look forward to, one would hope, for all those in touch with any aspect of the Indian rock music scene (Shillong being labelled by many as the ‘rock capital’ of India because of its vibrant live music culture). But, formulaic as this sequel was, it seemed to thoughtlessly bypass all the rock n’ roll stories that the hill-state would have to offer for four mainstream, mainland ­actor-musicians—Farhan Akhtar, ­Arjun Rampal, Purab Kohli and Shraddha ­Kapoor, with only a few minor stock roles given to people from the region. It left a woman from Meghalaya feeling “utterly disappointed” after she watched it at a Kolkata multiplex.  “When I heard that it was shot in parts in my hometown of Shillong, I rushed to watch the movie,” says Lucy Lydem. “But...

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