Time and again, everyone says that Punjabi songs and Punjabi movies which constantly promote guns and gangster culture are becoming a menace for the society. We can’t deny this fact that Punjabi movies and music have been glorifying guns ever since. Pick up Moosewala's songs or Jatt Fire Karda or any other artist of even the gone era, you will see a glorification of guns and gangs in the name of Jattism.
Actor Kartar Cheema who has been shooting for his upcoming movie Sikander 2 answered a few questions concerning the topic. His film is a sequel to Sikander which released in 2013. The first part of the movie was about University student elections. There were guns, violence and much more in the movie. Dark cinema that released in the era when everyone made comedy movies, Sikander was surely appreciated and it also gave us an idea about the ugly side of university elections. Yet again, the makers are keeping student union as the backdrop and making a sequel. Directed by Manav Shah and written by Dheeraj Rattan, this one also seems to be as dark as the first one, atleast that's what we could judge from the first look, which had a gun in it.
You can’t deny the fact that Punjabi audience idolizes their singers and actors, then doesn't Punjabi industry hold a responsibility towards the society to not glorify the unlawful culture? Are they again promoting guns and glorifying violence? Is it wise to make such movies?
We aren’t glorifying guns and gangs in any way. Sikander movie showed you the reality which many weren’t aware of. This time again we are trying to make a movie which is close to reality. Sikander 2 does have guns and violence but these guns are there for a reason. Yes, the character that you would see me playing would pick up guns but for a strong reason and against the wrong. We all must stand against the wrong and that is what my character is doing in the movie.
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Does Cinema hold responsibility for promoting guns and gangs to the youth of Punjab?
I don’t think so. Cinema is the face of real life. No one gets inspired by what is shown on screen. Youth is smart enough to have their own thinking. We can’t put the blame on the industry.
Well, this man has quite a different opinion than the veterans. But will the audience accept it and will people ever stop blaming the industry for promoting guns and gangsters?
Does Cinema actually not inspire the youth at all? What do you think?
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