The National Award-winning director, screenwriter and author has been astonishingly prescient about the faultlines that would come to define contemporary India. From the frustrations of economic feudalism in Arvind Desai Ki Ajeeb Dastan to class and caste rage in Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyoon Aata Hai to his satirical masterwork on the judicial system, Mohan Joshi Haazir Ho, to Salim Langde Pe Mat Ro, that almost three decades ago foretold the polarising nationalism conversation we’d be having today – Saeed’s rage is, today, India’s rage.
And as the accomplished raconteur – master of Urdu poetry, a storyteller as captivating in word as image – publishes his newest book, Memory in the Age of Amnesia, we spoke to him about his art, the imperative of rage, and why he thinks we should all throw more shoes.
Algebra, the Arts & Ideas Club brings together a fellowship of people who believe great cities are built not just on infrastructure but a life of the mind; who understand robust and liberal societies need the oxygen of great conversation and nuanced thinking.
At a time when we are increasingly surrounded by rage and noise, Algebra is a live and continuous space for people to come together for a genuine exchange of ideas and exposure to issues; where new seeds could be sparked, fresh perspectives formed, and intelligent connections made.
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