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Words like democracy, patriotism have lost meaning today: Saeed Akhtar Mirza

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

National Award-winning filmmaker said words like democracy and sound hollow today and there is a need for the country to "retrieve" them.

The director, known for films such as "Mohan Joshi Hazir Ho!", "Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyoon Aata Hai", "Salim Langde Pe Mat Ro" and "Naseem", was speaking at the launch of his book, "Memory I?n ??The Age ?O?f Amnesia: A? ?Personal ?History ?O?f ?Our ?Times" here.

The book is a collection of excerpts from Mirza's personal life that showcases the past and links it to the present.

"Words like democracy, patriotism, national interest have lost their meaning today. We need to retrieve those words. This book is to remind people of the past and give them hope. I don't write a book, they are installations of my experiences and memories in my mind," he said.

Academic-activist ?and launched the book, who said it has the "audacity of hope".

"What is unique about the book is that if you have torn the enemy to shreds, you still have the ability to reflect. Our nation's soul is much bigger than the government; the nation is not the government. And this book looks unflinchingly at that reality," Bhatt said.

The event was moderated by founding of The Wire, Sidharth Bhatia.

Also present on the occasion were Ashutosh Gowariker, Sudhir Mishra, Aziz and

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First Published: Sat, July 07 2018. 16:05 IST