Mee Raqsam, a movie a pair of Muslim girl finding out Bharatanatyam, promises to interrupt but one other stereotype
Social media is abuzz with the trailer of Baba Azmi’s Mee Raqsam, the yarn of a Muslim girl who wants to study Bharatanatyam, and the contrivance in which her father, despite opposition from conservative parts, backs her. The series, which will be telecast on an OTT platform, is one other addition to the altering illustration of Muslims in Hindi cinema within the outdated couple of years.
We now bear got had examples of Anarkali standing up to emperor Akbar in Mughal-e-Azam and a Mammo here or a Zubeida there writing their future, however Muslim women bear largely remained limited to the Bahu Begum or Umrao Jaan mould.
The Muslim male was as soon as given a exiguous extra condominium. At conditions, he was as soon as a nawab, ready with an Urdu couplet, a vestige of the previous who had exiguous resemblance to your Muslim neighbour. In other motion photos, he was as soon as a chum, challenging to computer screen his loyalty to the Hindu hero. Javed Akhtar, who himself wrote many such characters, describes them as token characters. There had been some exceptions over the years, fancy Garm Hava, Coolie, Iqbal, Chak De! and 3 Idiots, however they’ve been few and much between. These of us who grew up within the 1970s and 1980s realised the significance of 786 (refers to Bismillah) for Muslims when Vijay wore it as a badge on his sleeve in Deewar, however by the flip of the millennium, Gadar and its variants had begun to demonise Muslim characters and symbols in cinema.
Shades of trade
Then, with Bobby Jasoos in 2014, with Bilqees Ahmed taking part within the defiant non-public detective, one saw the principle shades of trade. Around the identical time, Chandraprakash Dwivedi took us into the family of Aslam Puncturewala (Adil Hussain), a overall man caught in a political sport in Zed Plus. It was as soon as as refreshing to peek a central Muslim character with out a sherwani or a gun, because it was as soon as to compare Imran (Farhan Akhtar) in Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara throwing poetic punches and tomatoes with equal bask in.
In 2016, came Ali Abbas Zafar’s Sultan, the fable of a Haryanvi wrestler who took reputation to be a Muslim. His female friend Aarfa Hussain shall be shown as a wrestler. But where Bobby Jasoos had to grapple with her unfamiliar preference of career, no such questions had been asked of Aarfa and he or she conversed with Sultan in Haryanvi, no longer Urdu. It sounded unfamiliar on story of it had seldom took reputation on computer screen sooner than. With Salman Khan and Anushka Sharma in it, the message percolated to the plenty.
Two years later, Anushka looked as Pari, a uncommon fear film rooted in Islamic mythology. Moody and atmospheric, the Prosit Roy film was as soon as in regards to the relationship between Arnab and Rukhsana, however within its layers, it held a deep message on trusting the ‘other’ and the contrivance in which love heals.
One other work that impressed in 2018 with its subversive pick on Islamophobia was as soon as Patrick Graham’s mini-series Ghoul on Netflix where a ‘nationalist’ girl in uniform Nida Rehman (Radhika Apte) turns in her father for seditious activities, however step by step discovers in actual fact contrivance extra terrible than the ghoul she has to counter within the garb of an alleged terrorist.
In Mulk, Anubhav Sinha showed, within the character of Murad Ali Mohammed (Rishi Kapoor), that symbols fancy a sherwani, cranium cap and beard don’t essentially come in within the variety of a character being modern and liberal. Then came Zoya Akhtar’s Gully Boy, where as an various of shayari, the Muslim protagonist (Ranveer Singh) raps. And his female friend Safeena (Alia Bhatt) is a feisty clinical student quite able to breaking a pair of heads to guard her love.
Mee Raqsam appears to be like fancy this can settle this attention-grabbing style ahead, and fancy Alia, Aditi Subedi too will step into henceforth forbidden territory.