22 October, 2020

Hazaaron Khwaishein Diary

'With Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi, I was trying to understand the generation I adored, also the generation that failed,' Film-maker Sudhir Mishra on Naxal movement as a cinematic subject...

Hazaaron Khwaishein Diary
Movement: Of the people

The film, and the movement, begins with the end of Nehru’s time. India was exploding with ideas. It was a generation that did things whole-heartedly. They dreamt a dream, a foolish one perhaps. The idea of mutinies, like Naipaul says, was in the air. People everywhere were reacting—the Black Panthers, the hippies, the civil rights people. One such idea was Naxalbari. It was an idea of izzat—dignity—for the poorest. People were not happy with the India handed over to them by their parents. The Bihar famine had just happened. There was rebellion in the air—women, landless labourers were challenging feudalism, authoritarianism, articulating their rejection. It was a reaction to the idea that something was wrong, to the monstrous tyranny they felt at that time. It failed, but it was an attempt to break free.

Amidst all this, we also saw the rise of the fixer, someone who can get things done, an...



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