I am subjective with my films: Kaushik Mukherjee

Controversial director Kaushik Mukherjee says he wants to expose the covert sexual reality of Indians through his films.
"I don't understand the value of objective analysis because you will end up being subjective after a certain point of time. When it comes to editing, you will always include some parts which you believe in even if you have shot it objectively," the director told PTI.
He had boldly exposed his personal life, including fragments of the romance between him and his girlfriend, before the world with his documentary Love in India which won the National Award for the best film on family values in 2010.
Admitting that he has an agenda while making films, Kaushik said that whenever it comes to sex, we get confused by morality and repression.
"I want to invoke sensibilities on the subject which are lost in the confusion of morality and repression," he said after his film was screened recently by the Whistling Woods International here.
The 35-year-old Kaushik, who goes by the moniker Q, left behind his decade-old career in advertising to start making films under his banner 'Overdose' in Kolkata.
 
His critically acclaimed and controversial film Gandu failed to get a theatrical release in India due to its sexually explicit content and its screening at Mumbai's Naya Cinema Film Festival had to be cancelled due to security reasons.
 
Besides its premiere at the Berlin Film Festival, the small-budgeted film, which is about an angry rapper who is addicted to drugs, marijuana and sex, also got the best new director award at the Seattle International Film Festival.
 
Interestingly, all his films so far have been focused on sex.
 
"My focus is on sexual reality and what relationship does it have on human identity and an individual's identity as opposed to a cultural collective identity as we have in India. Sexual identity affects us. If we look at art or literature, then sexuality plays a key role," Kaushik said.
 
When asked why he chose to include intimate scenes of his personal life in his film 'Love in India', he said he simply stuck to what he knows about the best.
 
"That is the new way of looking at things for young filmmakers. We all seek a personal standpoint to look at things. We basically stick to what we know and so if I am studying the sexual pattern in India, I will study my life as I know about it the most," he said.
 
Q's next project Tasher Desh, which is based on Tagore's work by the same name and is being co-produced by filmmaker Anurag Kashyap.
 
DNA, Mumbai
6 September 2011
 
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