Veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah believes that Indian cinema serves a variety of movie genres and he doesn’t want the audience to look back to 2018 as the phase of just “Salman Khan Films”. The veteran actor says cinema is for all generation and therefore he takes it as his responsibility to do as many socially relevant films as possible.
“I feel that cinema can’t change society or bring a revolution. I’m also not sure of cinema as a medium of education. Documentaries can be educative, not feature films. People see them and forget. The only serious function films can serve is to act as a record of their times.” –Naseeruddin Shah
This was the reason given by him to chose movies like Wednesday or his recent short film, Rogan Josh, set in the aftermath of 26/11 attacks.
“I consider it my responsibility to take part in such films. All my serious works are a representative of their times. Cinema will survive. These films would be seen 200 years later. People should know what the India of 2018 was like. They shouldn’t end up seeing only Salman Khan Films 200 years later. India is not like that. Cinema is for posterity.” –Naseeruddin Shah
The 68-year-old actor also claimed that he is always keen to work with young people who are struggling against odds to make what they believe in.
“If there’s a young man trying to make a song and dance film, I wouldn’t give him a second. But here was a young man trying to make a film on a subject he believes should be made. “I am totally for first-timers. I always hear them seriously. I have done so many films with first timers and I’ve never regretted it.” –Naseeruddin Shah