Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) workers on Thursday shouted slogans at `VIBGYOR,’ a festival of short films and documentaries being held here by Chetana Media Institute, run by the Congregation of Mary Immaculate (CMI), in protest against the screening of a music video, `Vandemataram — A Shit Version,’ and the film, `Godhra Tak.’
The organisers should be booked for anti-national activity for having included these films in the festival, the ABVP said in a press release.
“Many films were made about the violence after the Godhra incident but there is not much visual documentation of the initial tragedy,” Shubradeep says.
Having earlier worked with Doordarshan, he was familiar with the nuances of filmmaking. His personal anguish and angst against such barbarism forced him to undertake the project. “I have stuck to the facts and have been as unbiased as a human being can be,” he claims.
Despite his courage, following the ‘terror trail’ was fraught with dangers.
In 2002, his press conference in Ahmedabad was attacked by VHP activists and he was warned not to screen the film.
Undeterred by the threats, Shubradeep moved discreetly with his small crew, kept a low profile and searched for witnesses personally. “I tracked the route of the passengers who had booked their tickets in S6. I also managed to get hold of kar sevaks and people present on the platform on that day,” he says.
In the hour-long documentary, forensic expert Dr V N Sehgal debunks the theories of conspiracy at Godhra and says the incident was a continuation of the “happenings on Platform no. 1 at the railway station earlier.”
“My aim is to present the film in the context of political attempts to create a communal divide. A film such as mine makes it clear that incidents like Godhra are manipulated and twisted out of context for electoral gains.”
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