Slain journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh’s sister plans biopic

Film director Kavitha Lankesh, younger sister of slain journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh, on Friday said she wants to make a feature film on her sister who was gunned down outside her home.

Published: 23rd June 2018 01:59 AM  |   Last Updated: 23rd June 2018 10:57 AM   |  A+A-

Kavitha Lankesh received the N M Mohammed Ali Endowment Award on behalf of her sister Gauri Lankesh in Thiruvananthapuram on June 23, 2018. (Express Photo)

By Express News Service

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Film director Kavitha Lankesh, younger sister of slain journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh, on Friday said she wants to make a feature film on her sister who was gunned down outside her home last September. Kavitha, who was in Thiruvananthapuram to receive the N M Mohammed Ali Endowment Award on behalf of her sister, said on Friday that the feature film — not a documentary — would reflect the ideals that Gauri stood for.

“The kinds of misconceptions that you hear — that she was anti-Hindu — such things should be dispelled by our movie. Apart from that, her life was vigorously rare, she was a fantastic lady, fun loving, all that should come (in it). So maybe some day, let it all work out,’’ she said. 

Kavitha said she harboured no anger against Parashuram Waghmare, the man who allegedly shot Gauri.
“On the contrary I pity him for being made a victim of hatred. I’m angry against those who spewed venom against Gauri in the garb of being saviours of Hinduism,’’ she said, after accepting the award instituted by the Kerala Gazetted Officers’ Association (KGOA).

Neither Hinduism nor any other religion, she said, preached violence. Expressing satisfaction that arrests have been made, she said that the brains behind the killing also should be brought before the law. “Such people should be stopped in their tracks before they trap more Parashurams in their net of hatred and violence.”

“I was very disturbed when national media put headlines saying she was killed because she was anti-Hindu which is a very weird thing (to say) because she was never anti-Hindu, she was anti-Hindutva. So if the so-called national media cannot differentiate between anti-Hindu and anti-Hindutva, how can the common man?’’ she said. 

Gauri always believed that people’s faith in God and religion is different from organised politics that is based on manipulation of religious sentiments, she said. To a question, Kavitha said while no threats have been made against her so far, these were dangerous times to live in, especially for the media.Kavitha also expressed happiness at accepting the award on her sister’s behalf, although Gauri Lankesh never believed in accepting any when she was alive. Kerala State Chalachitra Academy chairman Kamal, KTDC chairman M Vijayakumar, KGOA state president K M Dileep, former president N Bhageerathan and N M Mohammed Ali’s wife K M Rabiyabi were present.



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