BANGALORE: National award winning directors, Satyanshu Singh and Devanshu Singh react in many ways to the conflicts where individual freedom is pitted against larger political questions as was visible in their film Tamaash. They have now penned a poem about the 'freedom to love', a thorny issue in a country where sexuality is regimented and love is politicised.
The poem Ishq Ki Ijaazat will be released on YouTube on Monday at noon and has already created a buzz with its online campaign on https://www.thunderclap.it/projects to get support for "a human-being's fundamental right-the right to love."
The campaign reminds us that, "love doesn't belong in closets," and Satyanshu Singh shares, "This is a four minute video or a film poem that has a political voice though as story tellers, our intention has always been to tell a story without an agenda."
This poem though wants to say something important about marginalised love, gay rights and alongside bring back the texture of literary poetry back in the mainstream.
"I won't say, literary language in cinema is dying but it is not given the importance it once had so even the English subtitles of the poem have weight. We want to bring back the literary pleasure we once experienced in our cinema and songs," says Satyanshu Singh.
Ishq ki Ijazat argues in Huma Qureshi's voice, on behalf of the unheard with these poignant lines. "Do ishq ki ijazat, ilzaam ab hata do, ham gair hain nahin..yeh ik baar toh jata do.” (let love be..beyond accusation and judgement..let us know just once..that we are not the other).