“Why the insidious anti-Hindu communalism of certain directors like Jeo Baby goes scot-free”, Swarajyamag, December 2, 2023:
“On the internet, especially on the social media platform X (formerly Twitter), people are still putting out impassioned threads on Mani Ratnam’s Roja, released more than 30 years ago in 1991, being Islamophobic.
People are aghast that Ratnam chose to show Kashmiri terrorists as Muslims when the right thing to do was to show them as — we don’t know — Jews?!
We are being sarcastic here, but only just.
Folks seem to be upset with the director for showing a mirror to society. But these same persons might, perhaps, brand you a communalist if you say, for example, that the depiction of the villain character (a sexual predator) in the new Tamil film Chiththa as one wearing Hindu religious robes and sporting vermilion and vibhuti on his forehead is needless or Hinduphobic…..”
Read the full article at Swarajyamag.com