Naseeruddin Shah who believes that 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 “Salmaan Khan films”. The veteran actor says that cinema is for posterity and hence he takes all his responsibility to do as many socially relevant films as possible.
The actor said the PTI, “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,”
“I consider it my responsibility to take part in such films. All my serious works are a 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 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. Shah, 68, says he is always keen to work with young people who are struggling against odds to make what they believe in.
“If there’s a young man trying to make a song and dance film, I wouldn’t give him a second. But there was a young man trying to make a film on a subject he believes should be made. “I am totally for first-timers. I always hear them seriously. I have done so many films with first timers and I’ve never regretted it,” he says.
“The great thing about short films is that there’s no pressure of producers sitting on these filmmakers head and telling them who the hero should be and what kind of songs (to he used). “They are having the freedom to make the kind of film they want to make without the worry of box office,” he adds.