That ‘We’ Feeling

Let us remind ourselves that in times of trouble, we don’t have to march ahead alone. Yet we don’t give the administrative bodies that represent film technicians and artists due recognition

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The very moment a child is born, s/he becomes part of the family. Every family is a part of society, and there’s a committee at the helm of every society. What happens when you need something but cannot go at it alone? Obviously, you talk to the people around you – your family, society or the committee – in your quest for a solution.

Here’s another, more everyday, example. Each of us lives in either a building, or a chawl, or a bungalow, and each of these living arrangements is administered by a committee set up by the people who live in them. When problems and challenges arise, one usually needs to approach one’s housing society or committee for assistance.

Likewise, in our film industry, which we believe is one big family, we have different associations representing the interests of different categories of professionals. All these associations have been around for decades. But the one BIG question is: do we really have faith in them?
These associations were set up to represent technicians and artists, whenever the latter faced a problem that was too big for them to resolve on their own. The association was meant to engage and negotiate on their behalf.

Again, the BIG question is: do we ever approach these associations, even when we need their help? Not really.

If we believe that this industry is one big family, and these associations were formed by yesteryear actors/filmmakers, why don’t we take their legacy forward? We all say that the youth is the face of our country, and it is they who will lead our country. But the BIG question is: how many young actors/filmmakers take these association seriously?
Oh, how we love to crib and say there’s no one to lead us! Yet there is a solution to every problem – and that’s being together.

In this section of our seventh anniversary issue, we have spoken to the people at the helm of some of our industry associations. If each one has a different story to tell, the one common theme in their collective voice is the importance of their existence and their resolve to make things better. They have had done a lot so far and, they say, if they’re taken more seriously, they could do much more. It’s all about coming forward and believing in them.

If only we could get together to achieve this common objective. After all, don’t we, and the industry as a whole, stand to benefit? Here’s a heartfelt plea. Read on:

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