Mumbai – Filmmaker Prakash Jha says the ongoing debate about being national and anti-national which has been happening in the country is “great comedy”.
The 63-year-old helmer says even before the “intolerance” debate in the country could settle down, the new issue has come up about (being) national and anti-national.
When asked about the ongoing row in JNU, Jha said, “I think its a great comedy which is going on. I look at it as a huge comedy. In our country there was the whole debate about tolerance, intolerance… Before that comedy act got over now this comedy of (being) national and anti national (has come up).”
JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar was arrested under sedition charges in connection with an event held on the New Delhi-based JNU campus where anti-national slogans were raised allegedly.
The filmmaker, who has helmed socio-political films like “Gangaajal”, “Apaharan” and “Satyagraha”, says the society is constantly churning new ideas and feels things have to be questioned as India is still a young democracy.
“It’s a society which is constantly churning its ideas and ideologies which are coming up. We are still young as far as democracy is concerned. It is nice that people talk about it and come up with these ideas and the way they are being used,” he told reporters here.
“I feel it’s fantastic. For many it is sad that certain things are happening but then you realise it is a part of our life. We are dealing with it every single day. Things have to be questioned, opposed and understood,” he added.
Jha was speaking at the song launch of his upcoming Priyanka Chopra-starrer “Jai Gangaajal“.
The actress plays an IPS officer, Abha Mathur, in the sequel to Ajay Devgn-starrer “Gangaajal” (2003).