Utpal Borpujari

March 12, 2009

Karnataka ragging incident recreated in Anurag Kashyap’s Gulaal

By Utpal Borpujari

Even as the death in ragging of a student in a Himachal Pradesh medical college has created a nationwide sensation, a new Hindi film is all set to bring alive another sensational ragging incident that occurred in a Karnataka medical college eight years ago.

Anurag Kashyap’s Gulaal, to be released in theatres on March 13, recreates the 2001 incident at a medical college in Bijapur in which a boy and a girl were locked up together naked and without food or water for three days by their seniors after they refused to have sex as part of ragging.

“Yes, my film depicts this incident that happened in Karnataka,” Kashyap confirmed to Deccan Herald. The film is set in a fictional town in Rajasthan and focuses on the relationship between student politics and political leaders to make a larger comment about the political scenario of the country.

“Young people join medical or engineering colleges to study, but there have been shameful incidents like this that destroy the morale of the victims,” Kashyap said.

The film also makes a comment regarding aggressive religious and morale policing being indulged into by organisations like Pramod Muthalik-led Ram Sene and Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navanirman Sena (MNS), he said.


“The movement for Rajputana shown in the film is a metaphor for organisations like MNS of Raj Thackeray, Ram Sene of Muthalik, and for all those people who are segregating people on the basis of language, religion and caste,” Kashyap said.


Described by the director as a “very strong political movie”, “Gulaal” is inspired by Sahir Ludhianvi’s classic song “Yeh Duniya Agar Mil Bhi Jaaye To Kya Hai” from Guru Dutt’s “Pyasa”.

(Published in Deccan Herald, www.deccanherald.com, www.deccanheraldepaper.com, 12-03-2009)


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