Three Telugu Political Films are scheduled to release in November.
Politics, the art of influencing people’s opinions to win power, often intertwines with other forms of media, and the world of cinema is no exception. For decades, politicians have harnessed the power of the silver screen to propagate their views and ideology to the masses. In line with this tradition, three movies are set to hit theaters in November during the election season, aiming not only to entertain but also to stimulate discussion, debate, and, ultimately, influence voters.
Ram Gopal Varma’s Political Saga:
Renowned filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma is at the helm of one of these upcoming releases. His film delves into the life of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, shedding light on the challenges he has faced. This biographical narrative portrays Jagan Mohan Reddy as a strategic political thinker while depicting Telugu Desam Party chief N. Chandrababu Naidu as a failure. This film, with its political undertones, is expected to fuel discussions and influence public opinion.
A Congress-Backed Production:
Another movie set to grace the silver screen is produced by Addanki Dayakar, a prominent leader in the Congress party. The film promises to explore themes such as Sanatana Dharma, religion, the DNA of Coronavirus, and the politics of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Dayakar suggests that the movie will take an anti-government stance and seeks to promote democratic principles among the masses. It also aims to educate young viewers on the significance of preserving the Constitution and democracy. This thought-provoking film is scheduled for release in the second week of November.
A BJP Leader’s Take:
The third film, produced by Telangana BJP leader Guduru Narayan Reddy, takes a different path. It focuses on the historical atrocities committed by the Razakars and highlights the determination of people who fought against them. Titled ‘Razakar: The Silent Genocide of Hyderabad,’ this film has already stirred controversy due to its sensitive subject matter.
The public’s opinions about these distinct films are diverse. Students, like D.N. Laxman, believe that the BJP leader’s movie holds more promise than the Congress production, which he labels a “political flop.” He acknowledges that there may be attempts to ban or disrupt the film’s release, much like what occurred with a movie on ‘love jihad.’ However, Laxman believes that if the film resonates with the audience, it might prove challenging to halt its success.
On the other hand, some young viewers express reservations about RGV’s movie, fearing that its critical portrayal of Chandrababu Naidu might not necessarily help Jagan Mohan Reddy’s image. Bhargav Konde emphasizes the need for a balanced perspective in political cinema to foster a constructive dialogue.
As for the Congress-sponsored film, Rajiv Sudhan questions the party’s commitment to safeguarding constitutional rights and democracy, stating that their agenda often appears to target the Hindu community. These divergent views reflect the complexity of using cinema as a tool for political influence.
In conclusion, the upcoming movie releases during the election season underscore the profound relationship between politics and the film industry. Each film carries its own narrative, designed to shape opinions, influence the public, and contribute to the broader political discourse. These cinematic endeavors serve as a reminder that in a democratic society, the battle for power extends beyond the political arena and onto the silver screen.