Victor Banerjee whose torrid 65-second long smooching sequence with Keira Chaplin in Chaurahen has been voluntarily snipped out by the film's director, is very angry with this year's National award jury. His wrath is directed at the jury for rejecting the Assamese director Bidyut Kotoki's film As The River Flows for not being Assamese.
Victor plays a central part in this highly-acclaimed film. Lashing out at the jury, Victor says, "We should set rhinos and wild water buffalos on those members of the jury whose constipated vision needs a socio-cultural suppository shoved into them."
Victor can't see the logic of an Assamese film being rejected for not being Assamese. "I'm flummoxed by the absurdity of a National jury watching a film in the Assamese language, directed by an Assamese, shot in Assam being proclaimed as being 'not Assamese'. Hello? How much more Assamese did they want the film to be?"
Victor feels it is such ignorant evaluations of the region that has led to the neglect of the area. "The entire nation is ignorant of the reality in the North East and its ridiculous circumstances like the one Bidyut Kotoki has faced, that makes me realize why the North East is up in arms, and why for decades the region wants to sever ties with the rest of India."
Becoming progressively agitated by what he sees as the neglect and ignorance of the area, Victor states, "Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Darjeeling are just curiosity pieces of primitive tribal people who provide a circus of amusement in Delhi."
Delhi, Victor feels, is taken up with its own agenda. "They are bogged down by the OBC casteism, fodder and tele-scams and the perpetuation of corruption on all levels, sports, politics, and now even culture."
Re-directing his wrath at the National award jury, Victor says, "I'm ashamed at the high-handed arrogance of a jury that has no business calling national. As The River Flows is an important Assamese film with a message for all to ponder upon. I've nothing more to say."