The current student riots inspire Sudhir Mishra to remake his National Award-winning film
Recently, filmmaker and Lucknowite Sudhir Mishra brought to Twitter and wrote: I'm going to redo my first movie ( Yeh Woh Manzil to Nahin )! The students of today are the trigger. However, it will not be exactly the same, he wrote. When Shekhar Kapur commented with an excited, “Yes!” Sudhir replied, “Am going to start working on the script. Will show it to you soon.” Yeh Woh Manzil to Nahin (1987), directed by Sudhir Mishra , focused on student activism and at the 34th National Film Awards , won the award for best director debut movie.
When we met the filmmaker, Mishra, who admitted that he was inspired by recent protests across the country, where students have expressed their opinion on the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC) He said it's not really a Remake, but a movie about a similar topic. “Principal remake nahi kar raha hoon. You can't really make a new version: it will be different times, different places, different contexts. He added: My movie will be a new movie with a different structure. I thought it would be interesting to do it again. It is not exactly a new version. Otherwise, I could write the script in 10 days and put 2020 instead of 1987. Then I could do it next month. But times are different, let's see.
Speaking of students, politics and protests, Mishra said: “I think that each generation is entitled to their heartbreak and so is it. I am more interested in student protest and if you ask me, I am more interested in young women who stand up and stand in front. I think a big change is happening in India, which is very interesting. And I'm more interested in normal people, like Pankaj Kapur The character of Yeh Woh Manzil Toh Nahi. He was the main character. He was not a (political) leader, he was just a man asking a question. ”
Mishra added: So I am more interested in people like that. Mishra said that political leaders have their own agenda and, sometimes, politics implies compromises. It's fine because that's the real world. I am not interested in that lot. I'm interested in people like those who went out to Mumbai (to protest), or those from small towns, where nobody goes out like that. Who are these people? What disturbs them and what is their idea of their country? They are the ones who are making progress, and their legacy will live for a hundred years. Then one must speak with them, one must understand them. They were all young once and they may have been wrong, but that mistake also brought a change. “I am also the son of a teacher and I have spent my life on a campus. That has been my life and I am interested in campus life. I've been watching it since the 80's. There's a shot in Yeh Woh Manzil ... where a policeman puts a riot helmet on the Vice Chancellor's head, I think that's the key shot. I think that since the 80's, the campuses have been transformed by the political parties and made the university campus a kind of test place for their policy. So there have been many activities in universities since the late 80's. It is not about this government or that.