Monday, May 21, 2007

Amu : A Film on Indira Gandhi's Assassination!

Writer-director Shonali Bose says her award-winning Indian film Amu brings to light what she calls the 'suppressed history of genocide' after the 1984 assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

Set for its US theatrical debut in New York City on May 25 following its controversial release in India, Amu is not about the past but about the present too, Bose said. It presents the contemporary and politically volatile tale of a young Indian-American woman's search for the truth about her past, she says about the first feature film about the events of 1984.

She was a 19-year-old student in New Delhi when Indira Gandhi was assassinated by her Sikh bodyguards, Bose recalled. "In the days and nights that followed, thousands of people of the Sikh faith were massacred in 'retribution' in a carnage organised by those in political power. The story of the riots and relief camps of 1984 insisted on being told. I knew that was the film I had to make. No matter how hard it was going to be, this was the story I had to write and the film I had to make, to bring to light the suppressed history of that genocide. And so Amu was born," she said.

It was not a Hindu-Sikh riot as projected by powers that be, but state sponsored genocide or carnage in which police, administration and every other organ of state connived, Bose alleged wondering, 'how is it possible that 5,000 people were killed in cold blood' with impunity.

What was more shocking was that some of the worst propaganda followed dividing the communities and branding the Sikhs as terrorists, she said, but insisted that her film did not reopen old wounds about an event best forgotten.

1 comment:

lance said...

i was 4 yrs old at hte time of indira gandhis assasination.1984 riots were a biggest massacre , oriented aginst a specific religion which is now condemned by every community.time can heal the wound but nothing has been done so far to put off the fire..we still see the murderer's actively engaged in politics.......making a movie on such a sensitive topic would have been very tough...BRAVO