I was trying to think of a political link to post about instead (poll of favorite actors turned politicians; list of politics themed songs...) but, as somebody who “inside the Beltway,” I find myself frustrated by a lot of what passes for politics in films. Hollywood AND Bollywood.
Usually, politics in film plays up the back-stabbing and greed and personal foibles of the politicians, as if there are no real world consequences of their legislation. Alas, this is generally how the (American) media covers politics, as well.
No wonder we’re all so frustrated.
Three of the better films with a political bent that I’ve seen out of the Indian film industries in the last few years are:
Kabul Express - I wish this film could been seen by more Americans. It puts a human face on the political posturing by the countries (and other interest groups) messing around in Afghanistan.
It’s not surprising that Kabir Khan was a photojournalist.
Ko - Another film by a former photojournalist, KV Anand, Ko captures the necessity of the political narrative in a way that manages to be both cynical and hopeful. It’s a fantastic film.
Shanghai - Here is a film that is all about the effects of politicians games on the people and bureaucrat trying to do their jobs. It’s not a perfect film nor is it as groundbreaking as the hype surrounding it but it is more realistic than a lot of what passes for politics in film...