Best way to address disability is to not address it: Nagesh Kukunoor
The 49-year-old Dor helmer says he always had an issue with the way disability is projected in Indian films.bollywood Updated: Jun 02, 2016 13:59 IST
Be it Iqbal or his upcoming film Dhanak, Nagesh Kukunoor has a knack for sensitively handling the stories of differently abled characters and the director says his aim is always to focus on their strength rather than what they lack.
The 49-year-old Dor helmer says he always had an issue with the way disability is projected in Indian films.“I feel that the best way to address disability is to not address it at all. There is never a mention of character’s physical condition in my films. My stories are never on disability. They are about characters who want something in their life like all of us. They are no different. I have never seen these people sit and weep. I have an inherent problem with the way disability is depicted on screen,” said Kukunoor.
Watch: Trailer of Nagesh Kukunoor’s Dhanak
While Iqbal was the story of a deaf and mute cricketing talent, his upcoming film Dhanak is a heartwarming tale of a little boy, who undertakes a journey with his elder sister, in hope to get his vision back with the help of superstar Shah Rukh Khan.
Kukunoor thinks there is preconceived notion about differently abled people. “People, who have put a specific criteria for them, find reasons to complain. On the other hand, the differently abled person makes peace with the fact that somethings are there and somethings aren’t. We need to understand that they lead normal life, it’s only in our films that they are shown like they are always crying. Its not true at all.”
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