Actor Kunal Kapoor on Friday said that the 1982 film "Vijeta", in which he starred with his father, veteran actor Shashi Kapoor, is a "very relevant film" in a time when the chest-pounding nationalism dominates patriotic movies.
Kunal, 59, was speaking at a Q&A session after the screening of the Govind Nihalani-directed film, which was screened under the "Homages" segment remembering Shashi Kapoor at the ongoing International Film Festival of India (IFFI).
"Personally, I couldn't agree with you more. It was a strange thing... I grew up in Bombay, now Mumbai, a cosmopolitan city. I grew up as a non-Maharashtrian in Bombay. There's so much mixture.
"It was the shooting of 'Vijeta' in 1980 that I heard the word 'Hindutva' for the first time. And I began to understand what it was actually about. I think by then we had already seen a certain movement happening. But I think the movie is very relevant," Kunal said while responding to a question posed by PTI regarding the relevance of the film in an age where nationalism has become a chest-beating exercise in popular cinema.
Produced by Shashi Kapoor, the film is a coming-of-age story, which touches upon themes of Partition, patriotism, secularism and war.