[blog flash 12 – mumbai interruption]

Yesterday evening, blogmistri had been lazily formulating a post about the great response Jashn-e-Azadi had in its first festival/public screening at Osian’s Cinefan Festival of Asian & Arab Cinema (New Delhi, July 22) – and waiting for the news of the first Mumbai preview from Sanjay. But around 8.30pm, he heard that the preview of the film organised by Vikalp, the film-makers group, at Bhupesh Gupta Bhawan had been interrupted and the screening DVD of the film seized by Mumbai Police.

We will keep you posted on this interruption in the life of the film, but till then you could check out this news report in Mumbai Mirror. There is a first person account on a blog called paddlesweep. And the films for freedom/vikalp site for an incisive remark by Ranjit Hoskote of The PEN All-India Centre. (And for a very different view see this first comment on our post!)

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11 Responses to “[blog flash 12 – mumbai interruption]”


  1. 1 Pawan Durani July 28, 2007 at 8:28 am

    This is a great news. Finally somewhere the Indian police seems to be in action. This movie is nothing but a propogonda for which the director obviously seems to have been paid off well.

    The movie is to incite anti India sentiments and provokes people of certain relegion to get provoked

  2. 2 Sanjana, pedestrian pictures July 28, 2007 at 3:39 pm

    We are quite shocked to hear this that the screenings in Mumbai were interrupted. Ironic that the screenings at Vikalp – a forum born in protest against censorship – should be targeted. We are sure that the Mumbai group will be up in arms.

    Apart from one suspiciously over cautious educational institution, none of the screenings in Bangalore were interrupted by police or by audience members. We in fact have requests to screen the film in a couple more colleges here.

    Look forward to a protest memorandum from the Mumbai group to take this fight against ‘censorship’ forward. All our support to the Vikalp Mumbai group and Sanjay. Let us know how we can pitch in – Pedestrians.

  3. 3 Aditya Raj Kaul July 30, 2007 at 6:40 am

    Alas! Government has woken up to the propaganda being played by Sanjay Kak. The news brought joy all over the country, among the peace loving people and specially Kashmiri’s. Sanjay Kak was gravely mistaken by thinking he can do anything with the media freedom in his hands. But, as I had reminded him earlier, he has miles to go to understand Kashmir …

    Kudos to Mumbai Police for their alert attitude. This movie needs to be banned for the anti-national content which has hurt many common citizen’s of India including many Kashmiri’s.

    Hope Sanjay gets to learn a lesson through this, and let me warn him openly here on his blog that he will see many such barricades by the Citizens of India in future. Just be prepared. Don’t play with the emotions of the common Kashmiri’s.

    God bless you and your terrorist supporters.

  4. 4 Himanshu July 31, 2007 at 5:31 am

    Pawan, sorry to correct you, but although you may like much of the action as having been taken by ‘Indian’ police, it was an action by Mumbai police and there’s nothing great about it. Isn’t it stupid that they chose to interrupt the screening and seize copies of the film that had been screened in several cities so far in private screenings and at Osian Cinefan Festival in public screening recently.

  5. 5 Bishu July 31, 2007 at 11:52 am

    Aditya/Pawan,
    I saw the screening of Sanjay’s film in Bangalore and no one interrupted it. The comments that you have put makes it seem like we are residing in a police state. Guess the police should be busy with policing, not stopping independent filmakers who have the guts to expose the truth, and call a spade a spade. Happy Independence Day…!

  6. 6 Pawan Durani July 31, 2007 at 1:04 pm

    Manish . Isn’t the “mumbai” police “Indian” too ?
    Well if someone has erred before that doesnt mean it should continue to happen. I dont have anything against Sanjay personally , but his movie seems to be “politically” motivated . It does not AT ALL tuch the real problem of Kashmir. It does not even discuss who bought the gun culture in Kashmir and instead makes heroes of the terrorists.

    And about screening ? Do you drive a car without a license ? You are bond to get caught one day. Does Sanjay have a censor certificate for the movie ?

    Did he not lie that the movie was to be screened for private audience while as if you check the blog , the invitation is public. Why did he have to lie if he is all about the truth.

    What does Sanjay have to say about people like Yasin Malik who seemed to be the “chief guest” at the first screening of movie at Delhi ! .

    What i make out from the movie is that “jashn – e -azaadi ‘means the valley is “Azaad” from pandits and pandits doesnt need to be discussed.

    I am sure one day Sanjay would realise his mistakes and what i personallt term as his betrayel to his own community , and that day would be his home coming. We wont mind him coming back to reality.

  7. 7 Jeet Bhargava August 1, 2007 at 8:59 am

    It is totally ‘politically motivated’ half truth. People like Kak should not use their telent,intelligesia and skills for terrorist benefits. It is not only anti-Hindu but also anti-India propaganda.

  8. 8 J August 3, 2007 at 11:47 am

    Jashne Azadi, someone here says, has to be censored. What part should actually be censored? The part where villagers talk about how Indian army burnt down their little hamlet? Or where a woman refuses to take money from the Army who had just shot her teenage son dead? Or should the poets be gagged who let their muffled emotions appear in their verses? May be the dying young man who whispers his ghastly tale of torture? The sloganeering protestors, if you will, who walk, in rain and mud, in the funeral procession of a militant commander? What?

    Should the embarassing details like Indian tourists taking pictures with their brave faujis(who number 700000 and are fighting less than 1000 militants) be removed from the picture? Or the peaceful Swami Baba who loses his peace upon seeing the land of Ambernath under threat from its people, and threatens to gouge out eyes of Bharat Mata’s enemies (the Kashmiris)? Perhaps the director should have requested Kashmiris to attend India’s Independence day celebrations, and then shot the scene.

    What else could be made on Kashmir but Jashne Azadi! What else can you say but India is an occupying power in Kashmir? Should all directors just make the “Terrorist’s Innocent Sister-Falls in Love with-Handsome Indian Soldier’ films which only reek of a male-chauvinistic Indian nationalism? And should picture frames of the Kashmiri landscape be septic-cleansed of its people, the vermin, who seek freedom and independence, and restore it as the Indian honeymooner’s paradise?

    Indian security establishment seems to be quite rattled by the uncomfortable diclosures that the film excellently brings forth. The oppressor always seeks to stiffle the voice of its victims. But once the spark of rebellion is ignited, it rolls and gathers its own momentum. Kashmiris have begun to speak back to the empire. India, the Mumbai police, some Ashok Pandit cannot stop it.

  9. 9 Aditya Raj Kaul August 4, 2007 at 4:48 pm

    Dear J or whatever your identity is,

    Its needless to debate on this issue now. There is no scope of censoring this movie now. It should be completely banned. The reaction of the authorities it got in a city like Mumbai gives you all the answers.

    You are right, India and Mumbai Police cannot stop this movie, but it is “WE THE KASHMIRI’S” who will stop its screening whereever he tries to screen it. It doesn’t only give wrong picture to the common citizens but it also makes hero of a terrorist,a mass murderer Yasin Malik, the chief of terrorist outfit Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF).

    I can only laugh at your last post. How irritated you are ? It happenes, and this time it happened for good. Atleast Sanjay did get a blow from the common citizens and the authorities. Kudos to whoever did it !!!

    You can go on cribbing anything about the Indian state etc but that will not change the truth. Truth cannot be changed by showing Jashn-e-aazadi (Fake Freedom) in various cities across India.

    “Documentary film is a broad category of visual expression that is based on the attempt, in one fashion or another, to “document” reality.”

    If the above definition holds true then even an illitrate person can judge this work of his as clear propaganda of terrorists and he has completely failed in documenting the reality.

    There maybe another reason to it. Sanjay Kak wouldn’t have dared to make such attempt if he would have suffered a personal loss in the blood-shed in Kashmir valley. If God-forbid any of his family member would have been kidnaped, looted, killed, chopped into pieces, raped and then finally thrown out of the valley maybe then Kak might have some sense of what Islamic terrorism common Indians in the valley have suffered. Hope he introspects this time or else only God can help him…

    This surely sums up everything…

  10. 10 SHAKIL February 25, 2008 at 6:20 pm

    आपने एक घिसी पिटी मानसिकता से आगे सोचने का पर्यास किया है. इसके ली हार्दिक सुभ्कम्नाएं! हम ज़बरन किसी को गुलाम बना कर नहीं रख सकते ! कुछ लोग कश्मीरी मुस्लमान के उपर ज़ुल्म को इस लिये जायेज़ ठहराते हैं क्यों की कश्मीरी ब्राहमणों के उपर ज़ुल्म हुआ था ! जब बात कश्मीर की की जाती है तो कई परदे हमारे सामने गिरा दिए जाते `हैं ! पाकिस्तान का, आतंकवाद का, बेचारे कश्मीरी का, राष्ट्रेया एकता का, भारत की नाक का…………..
    आज कश्मीर की हालत वोही है जो ५९ साल पहले गुलाम भारत की थी !


  1. 1 Censor Police at Trackback on July 29, 2007 at 9:37 am

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Jashn-e-Azadi is available through various online outlets like amazon

You can now buy a DVD of the film, or Download it and watch
More than two years in the making, Jashn-e-azadi [How We Celebrate Freedom], is a feature length documentary by film-maker Sanjay Kak which explores the implications of the struggle for Azadi, for freedom, in the Kashmir valley.

Click here to watch the Trailer

As India celebrates the 60th anniversary of it's Independence, this provocative and quietly disturbing new film raises questions about freedom in Kashmir, and about the degrees of freedom in India.

And here is a short Interview with the film-maker.

This Jashn-e-Azadi blog is an open forum for conversations about the film, about Kashmir, and about Azadi itself.

For more information about screenings, sales and broadcast write to
jashneazadifilmATgmail.com

links

For dispatches from the present

Voices of protest can be found here or call you from here

Stone in my hand

In the season of solutions, the late Eqbal Ahmad's wise words have to be remembered

Kashmir blog has the best one line blog take on Kashmir - they call it paradise, I call it home.

Zarafshan is a Kashmiri blogger whose blog (and blogrolls) are "just ways of dispersing news, views and feelings!"

For a considered discussion on the vexed issue of Pandits in Kashmir see Kasheer. And for more on this Ephemeral Existence

And a discovery called Paradise Lost

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previews

Festival screenings

Thiruvananthapuram
May 26, 2008 / International Video Festival of Kerala
Munich
Apr 28, 2008 / Dok.Fest
Amsterdam
Feb 10, 2008 / Himalaya Film Festival
Amsterdam
Nov 28, 2007 / International Documentary Festival
Kathmandu
Oct 12, 2007 / Film South Asia
Delhi
July 22, 2007 / Osian’s Cinefan film festival

Previous Previews

London
7 Dec 2007 / School of Oriental & African Studies & Sacred Media Cow
Leeds
6 Dec 2007 / Workshop Theatre, School of English, University of Leeds
Egham, Surrey
3 Dec 2007 / Royal Holloway, University of London
New Delhi
26 Nov 2007 / Russian Centre of Science & Culture & Magic Lantern Foundation

New Jersey
Oct 5, 2007 / College of New Jersey
New York City
Oct 4, 2007 / Columbia School of Journalism
Austin
Oct 2, 2007 / University of Texas
Philadelphia
Sep 28, 2007 / Temple University
Philadelphia
Sep 27, 2007 / University of Pennsylvania
New York State
Sep 26, 2007 / Vassar College
New York City
Sep 25, 2007 / New School for Social Research
Boston
Sep 23, 2007 @ MIT
Toronto
Sep 22, 2007 / SALDA
Toronto
Sep 21, 2007 / University of Toronto
New Haven
Sep 20, 2007 / Yale University
Minneapolis
Sep 18, 2007 / University of Minnesota

Hyderabad
Aug 10, 2007 / Pure Docs, Prasad Preview, Banjara Hills

interrupted previews!! [[ MUMBAI ...
July 27, 2007 (Fri)
Vikalp: Films for Freedom @ Bhupesh Gupta Bhawan, 85 Sayani Road, Prabhadevi
July 30, 2007 (Mon)
Vikalp: Films for Freedom @ Prithvi House, Juhu...]]

Bangalore
July 14, 2007 / Institute of Agrl. Technologies, Queens Road
Bangalore
July 13, 2007 / Centre for Film & Drama, Millers Road
Nashik
June 13, 2007, Pandit Vishnu Digambar Paluskar Hall
Pune
June 12, 2007, National Film Archive of India Auditorium
Guwahati
May 29, 2007, Blue Moon Hotel
Shillong
May 26, 2007, Assam Club, Laban
Patna
May 12, 2007, Hindi Bhavan Hall
Srinagar
March 31, 2007, Tagore Hall
New Delhi
March 23, 2007, Sarai-CSDS
New Delhi
March 13, 2007, India Habitat Center

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