Harder clampdown on terrorism needed: Neeraj Pandey

Writer-Director Neeraj Pandey talks about his recent release A WEDNESDAY in an e-mail interview conducted by HemRaj Singh

Q.1. Naseer’s character is a way too competent, sophisticated and sharp for his projected setting. A common man does not have the competence to put together a bomb despite all the information available. To design a software program to deal with multiple SIMs to generate multiple-location calls is not a child’s play. And the movie doesn’t put Naseer’s character against a plausible background either. So characterization seems to be a weakness. Your comments?

I beg to differ. A common man does have the competence. we are capable of some very uncommon things.

Q.2. Similarly, Indian police in the movie appears to be as efficient as the Hollywood FBI. And with Hollywood FBI itself being a flattering exaggeration of the real FBI, the police in ‘A Wednesday’ appear thrice removed from their real versions. Portrayal of Naseer’s character and Indian police suggests that you took ‘suspension of disbelief’ a little too far. Comment?

It is a movie. The essence of the film lies in Naseer’s monologue.

” ‘Suspension of disbelief’ “- Really ?

Q.3. The movie suggests strong-arm methods to deal with terrorism. Do you think terrorism could not be uprooted because enough force was not applied?

Absolutely.

Q.4. Do you see terrorism as a criminal-justice issue, as the movie seems to suggest?

Yes.

Q.5. Do you feel a harder clampdown on terrorism would help?

Yes.

Q.6. Is eliminating terrorists without holding trials part of your solution?

No.

Q.7. Who is your ‘common man’? Isn’t the ‘common man’ in ‘A Wednesday’ essentially a Hindu?

No. I do not know the man’s religion.

Q.8. Fear is the central theme of the movie. Are terrorists fear or do they themselves fear, which is why they are terrorists?

Won’t know.

Q.9. Do you think we need stricter laws to deal with terrorism?

Yes.

Q.11. Do you think police should be vested with better and wider powers and discretion to deal with terrorists?

Absolutely.

Q.12. Do you think the process of law helps the terrorists get away?

Sometimes.

Q.13. Do you think it’s time for us to enact an anti-terrorism law like TADA and POTA?

Sorry. I dont know these laws in full detail hence it would be wrong to comment.

Q.14. Do you see a marked difference between international terrorism and its Indian version?

I didn’t know they came in two versions.

Published in LAWYERS UPDATE (October 2008 issue) with the review (Legal Scanner ) of the movie in question. Reproduced as published.

This is one of the very few (not more than a couple or so) interviews that Neeraj Pandey gave to the media after the release of ‘A Wednesday’ despite all the hype about the movie.

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3 thoughts on “Harder clampdown on terrorism needed: Neeraj Pandey

  1. I had always thought that the making of a movie did involve a background reading(atleast about the subject on which the main plot and the theme of your production is based on). Mr. Pandey’s interview gives an impression that he did not….It looks odd to find that a person making a movie with the main plot as ‘terrorism’ does not know about TADA and POTA … strange.

    (It takes such a long time to frame questions…they need to be answered in a better manner by the people for whom they are meant)

  2. hey Mahima! you are right, but a common man’s feeling is not far from what has been shown in the movie.

    ………..moreover sometimes means doesnt matter so long end is achieved especially when devising a proper means is difficult and at the same time no further delay can be afforded. that is the reason why recently government has come up with NIA and amendments in UAPA.

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