Director Pa Ranjith has made three films in his career of which two, the recently released Rajinikanth film and Madras, have distinct Dalit rights overtones. But he doesn’t want to be viewed as a Dalit filmmaker. He made the films because he was affected by it, he adds.
“I don’t want to be known as a Dalit filmmaker. I touch upon caste inequalities in my films because I’ve been affected by it. Even if I don’t belong to the oppressed community, I would have continued to speak about inequalities in the society,” Ranjith said, speaking on the sidelines of the film’s success meet.
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In Kabali, Rajinikanth fights for the pay rights of Tamils in Malaysia, and there are subtle nods to BR Ambedkar and professor-author YB Satyanarayana. In the film, Rajinikanth is seen reading Satyanarayana’s book My Father Balaiah that talks about Telangana Dalit madiga experience.
Ranjith said that every filmmaker should talk about the structural inequalities in the society.
Speaking on the occasion, producer Kalaipuli S Thanu said Kabali is a success all over. “The film has done exceptionally well all over including the US,” he said.
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