ప్రపంచవ్యాప్తంగా అభినందనలూ, అవార్డులూ అందుకుని నందితాదాస్ దర్శకత్వం వహించిన “ఫిరాఖ్” భారతదేశంలో ఈ నెల 20 వతేదీన విడుదల కానుంది. మంచి చిత్రాల్ని అందిపుచ్చుకుని ఆస్వాదించే నవతరంగం పాఠకులకు/ప్రేక్షకులకూ గుర్తు చెయ్యడానికి ఇదొక ప్రయత్నం.
ఈ క్రింది పరిచయం చదవండి.
Conflict between Hindus and Muslims continues to flare into violence in India, and is often stoked by political interests. Firaaq begins in 2002 in the state of Gujarat, where three thousand Muslims died in communal riots. In an early scene of almost Shakespearean gravity, two Muslim men dig a mass grave for the victims. From there, the story jumps forward one month, away from the direct physical effects of the conflict to the more amorphous – but increasingly persistent – inner discord.
When Hanif and Muneera return to the modest home they had fled during the violence, they find it ransacked. With their lives shattered not simply by vandalism but by betrayal from their neighbours, Hanif seeks revenge. Elsewhere, middle-class Hindus Sanjay and Arati were untouched by the hostilities, but are met with new moral challenges. Serene older musician Khan Saheb (Naseeruddin Shah) has tried to transcend religious differences, but as a Muslim living in a Hindu neighbourhood, he now finds this stance more complicated. At the same time, Anu and Sameer, an intermarried Hindu-Muslim couple, finally face the tensions they have long suppressed.
Firaaq has been directed by Nandita Das, prominent Indian actor who has appeared in such films as Deepa Mehta’s Fire (96) and Earth (98). Firaaq (08) is her feature writing and directing debut.
Firaaq is an Urdu word that means both separation and quest. Like this courageous and essential debut film, the word acknowledges divisions while pointing a way forward to hope