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On Bombay

ASGHAR ALI ENGINEER in his article on 'Bombay' (July 1) seems to have concerned himself more with the 'controversy' than with the issues involved. Having given details of the controversy around the film and having raised the issue of artistic freedom rather cursorily, Engineer prefers not to raise more pressing questions about the nature of the film, as a finished product, notwithstanding the noble intentions or other wise of Ratnam.lt cannot be anybody's case that the film has to be necessarily viewed from a primarily sectarian/fundamentalist viewpoint as is being done by fundamentalists of one hue or the other. A third viewpoint is also possible without falling into the acrimonious trap. By all appearances, it seems that Engineer has been more than concerned with projecting a 'moderate' Muslim viewpoint, in view of the rather 'queer' behaviour of the 'ummah' and the attendant scorching media gaze.

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