There should be no censorship irrespective of the medium, says Danish Aslam: ‘The choice should be of the audience’ – Bharat Times Hindi News


Aslam’s recent web show The Reunion: Chal Chalen Apne Ghar was released by filmmaker Danish Aslam on Zoom Studio’s YouTube channel. The show tells the story of a dysfunctional family coming back under one roof. Talking about the new show Aslam says, “The idea was presented to me by Zoom and Shiney Shetty (writer). I really liked the idea and worked on it. Shiny and I have developed the script and dialogues.”

With Lillete Dubey, Kashmira Irani, Prabal Punjabi, KK Raina etc., Aslam feels the definition of a family has changed in recent years, adding, “A dysfunctional family is the new normal. The emotional dynamics between parents and their children have changed significantly due to jobs and other factors. These things really exist and for me, that’s the exciting part as a filmmaker. dysfunctional families and dysfunctional relationships are some of the things that I especially love. This is something that I have explored in my last few shows as well.”

The show was shot at an unconventional location in Odisha, which according to the filmmaker was also a blessing in disguise, “Shooting was tough as we had to follow all the necessary protocols due to the ongoing pandemic. We started with finishing the schedule in Odisha. We were also lucky that the cases were less in Odisha, unlike Mumbai where everything was closed. We shot in Bhubaneshwar, Cuttack and Puri. We also shot at a house in Dalijouda in between. Once we made that bubble everything was fine.”

Aslam made his first web series ‘It’s Not That Simple’ with Swara Bhaskar in 2016, when the concept of OTT was still in its nascent stage. Since then he has successfully made web series like Flesh and most recently his short film was part of the anthology Feels Like Ishq which was highly appreciated. The director feels that the streaming platform has given opportunities to many new talent, “The biggest positive aspect of coming out of OTT as a medium is that actors are now recognized for their talent and not just star power. For. This is called for short term thing. Streaming platforms have allowed many writers, directors and filmmakers to tell stories in a special way. It is no longer about superstars or box office collections. If you have a good story, people will appreciate it.”

As a director, Aslam made his debut in 2010 with After Break opposite Imran Khan and Deepika Padukone. Since then he has worked through all mediums including television and web series. “Personally I’ve grown a lot. Professionally, it’s been a great learning experience,” he says, “I like the fact that I can now tell stories in a variety of mediums. I can do it in 90 minutes.” I can.” Can tell stories or make it a full length feature film. And I can tell stories in episodic format too. When I started my first film, I didn’t use writing, I just had the outline and Renuka Kunzru did the rest. With this series, I worked on the story. I co-wrote the screenplay and co-wrote the dialogues. So I think it’s a further development.”

Over the past few months, a debate has raged in the industry as to whether OTT platforms should be subjected to censorship. Aslam says he is against the idea of ​​censorship and feels that the audience is mature enough to choose what they want to see, “If you don’t want to see something because it hurts you, please do not watch it.” Don’t watch. I am totally against the idea of ​​censorship. I believe that there should be no censorship regardless of the medium. Films and series can be age certified and graded but a free and democratic country has to take it as its own. Adult citizens have to give. Let them decide what they want or don’t want to see in the theater or on their phones and computers. The choice should be for the audience.”

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