Politicising cinema is very important: Vetrimaran
Vetrimaran said, “Cinema, literature, everything was in their hands. Tamil Nadu still has the maturity to resist several external factors because of the Dravidian movement taking over cinema from their hands.”
CHENNAI: Just when most of the tinsel world in the country was either content with towing the lines of the power centres or abstaining from politics, ace director Vetrimaran did not mind proclaiming his political leanings and underscoring the importance of politicising cinema.
Speaking at a felicitation organized for VCK leader Thol Thirumavalavan in the city, Vetrimaran said, “Cinema, literature, everything was in their hands. Tamil Nadu still has the maturity to resist several external factors because of the Dravidian movement taking over cinema from their hands.”
Describing cinema as an “art which reaches laymen easily”, Vetrimaran said, “It is very very important to politicize cinema. Art itself is politics. It did not happen for a while in the interim. When the Dravidian movement took over cinema, they said that art should be for art only and not for people. They spoke about aesthetic beauty. Indeed, aesthetic beauty is important. But no art is complete if it is isolated from the people.”
“Art is for the people and it should reflect people. We should handle the art correctly now. If we fail, soon we will lose our identities. They have done it already, saffronized Valluvar and projected Raja Raja cholan as a Hindu king. It is happening continuously. They are doing it in Cinema as well. We should protect our identities,” added the national award winning director who does not mind disclosing his liberal political leanings.
“To fight for our freedom, we should have political clarity. The offensive against an event scheduled for tomorrow (apparently referring to the RSS rally) is a good example. We should act together. I am thankful for giving me the opportunity to extend my unconditional support for that,” Vetrimaran remarked.
Visit news.dtnext.in to explore our interactive epaper!
Download the DT Next app for more exciting features!
Click here for iOS
Click here for Android