The dialogue round inventive restrictions reminiscent of censorship in India, particularly for the leisure business, have reverberated for some time now, however Gauri Shinde feels that whereas it is one thing that worries her, there is a far larger concern at current.
“I think restrictions have just about started. So, I believe, there is still some time to be seen if, as a community we can overcome it, whether we want to, how we can work within frameworks. The biggest restriction right now is the pandemic. I hope it eases soon and we can all very freely breathe and do the stuff we want to do,” she shares.
Talking about inventive limitations on filmmakers, the Dear Zindagi (2016) director says creativity past a degree can’t be curbed.
“That’s because if we really want to say something, we will find a way. All over the world at all points in history, there have been restrictions of all kinds and creative people like artists, filmmakers and writers have faced it. Sometimes limitations allow you to think beyond the ordinary, and it can actually do something unique for you. I want to look at it, as however upsetting it is that one cannot work in freedom, because freedom is a basic requirement for any creative person or a human being. So for the time being, we have to use it to our advantage as much as we can,” the 47-year-old explains.
But as filmmakers, one should rise above all these restrictions as Shinde seems to be at motion pictures as a robust medium of messaging close to the affect than another type of media.
“Art is not accessible to everybody, though it is also an amazing and extremely important form of messaging. But nothing really reaches a wide audience and a wide number of people as cinema or news does. I believe, fiction is far more impactful and has the potential for a really strong messaging. So, according to me, it is not an emerging medium; it’s been a powerful medium for ages,” she notes.
While movies might have taken a again seat for her in the final 5 years, Shinde hopes that she will be able to get again to film making quickly.
“I am just taking my time, one day at a time, a lesson that I have learned during the challenging times. Because we have as a world learned that we cannot predict much about our lives. I have been shooting some ad films in the interim and that keeps me sane. So hopefully I should make a feature film soon,” she concludes.