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By Taran Adarsh, February 4, 2011 – 08:37 IST
A while ago, while chatting him up for my show on TV, I had queried Sudhir Mishra as to why Hindi film industry fails to produce qualitative movies, unlike the 1960s and 1970s, which have tremendous recall value even in the present day? I markedly remember, Mishra didn’t blink an eyelid while answering this one: “That’s because most producers are not literate enough to understand scripts that could elevate the standards of Hindi films. Film-making for them is limited to the weekend business these days.” The proclamation stayed with me!BY BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM
When you saunter into a cineplex to watch a Sudhir Mishra film, it’s given that this maverick film-maker will serve you non-formulaic stuff. As a viewer, I liked some of his efforts [IS RAAT KI SUBAH NAHIN, HAZAARON KHWAISHEIN AISI], but a few didn’t live up to my expectations. His new film, YEH SAALI ZINDAGI, has already generated the buzz for a variety of reasons. It’s ‘controversial’ or ‘provocative’ title being the key one.
Before I proceed further, let me tell you that the title is of immense significance to the film. Sure, it may sound offensive [the Censor Board chief too raised a hue and cry, asking Mishra to change the title of the film], but why does a commonly used word ['saali'] create an uproar? Actually, I am quite amused at the brouhaha. In our society, we refer to the sister-in-law as saali, don’t we? Besides, almost three decades More >
Sudhir Mishra on being asked to change the title of his film Yeh Saali Zindagi by Censor Board chief Sharmila Tagore
Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; January 18, 2011)
Censor chief Sharmila Tagore’s displeasure at the title of Sudhir Mishra’s new film Yeh Saali Zindagi has the director fuming. He is now being pressurised to retain the original title Dil Dar-ba-dar but Sudhir is not planning to.
“How can I? Large amounts of money have been spent on the posters, says Sudhir, “We cannot change the title. And the trailer was sent to the Censor Board on October 1, 2010, which they had passed.
It’s not as if my title has taken them by surprise. I think she (Tagore) was expressing a personal opinion.
Saali is not a gaali. It is used affectionately here. The title is a metaphor on the vagaries of life. Language typifies the mood of the times.
I don’t understand one thing. There’s so much suggestive content and dialogue on television. Why are there so many objections to what goes into cinema when film viewing is a voluntary act? Don’t watch it if you don’t want to.”
Sudhir wonders if it’s the gender of the term that bothers Tagore. “Because the word saala was used in the song Saala main to sahab ban gaya in Sagina more than 40 years ago.
More recently the song Pappu can’t dance saala had the word too. And isn’t there a song with the word Saali in No One Killed Jessica as well?”
Taking it personally, Sudhir adds, “So many films with adult content More >
By Devansh Patel, December 31, 2010 – 14:56 IST
When the first promo of No One Killed Jessica was aired on the television, the viewers jumped. Yes, they were sucked in by a sudden rage; a sudden emotion and a sudden connect. It was as if Jessica Lal case was still on and it reminded you of the India Gate outrage, the ongoing court cases and a collage of those ten years of Sabrina’s struggle to attain justice for her late sister. Absorbingly touching and terrifying, No One Killed Jessica seems like an intimate film but has the gutsy and reflective ingredients of sorrow, introspection and indignation. And that is exactly what the director Raj Kumar Gupta has set out to achieve. From the director of Aamir comes yet another common story of society, sorrow and struggle. And from all we’ve been seeing of NOKJ and hearing it’s music, which, according to me, is one of the key characters of the film, without sounding too devastating, the film looks like a low-key therapeutic thriller about the human element of disdain and disillusion. This is another personalized account about the wayward universe in which we live on the sidelines as humanity takes another caustic step into the realm of numbing oblivion. And on that note, we get up today and salute Raj Kumar Gupta for making a cinema so potent that we Indians feel proud of. No One Killed Jessica may or may not bring about an upheaval, but it surely is a film that will go down in Indian cinema as a ‘precious gem’ More >