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Art has special significance today, says Ratna Pathak Shah

Shah was last seen in Hum Do Hamare Do, while she will be seen next in Jayeshbhai Jordaar

Megha Mukundan
Nov 11, 2021
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Veteran actor Ratna Pathak Shah feels that the need for art is at its peak during the current age. She emphasised it will make people think differently, and help them draw sense out of what they see. 

Shah, who is popular for her strong roles in movies like Lipstick Under My Burkha, Thappad and Mirch Masala, was talking to PTI in a recent interaction.

When the 64-year old actor was asked about the role of an artiste in the present political climate, she said the function of art has become more urgent today. Whether it be social media, education or politics, the period is trying to manipulate people’s ways of thinking. This is the exact time when art is most required to give something to look at, to make everyone think and form their own values, she said. “Art has never been more needed than it is today,” added her.

Shah also thinks that while the world is expanding with new streaming platforms, there is also a shrinking happening alongside, which is due to the collective narrow mindset. Though there are many big openings, we tend to look backward all the time and constantly think there was a golden age before and now we are messed up, said her. She also added her own experience about watching a web series about Norway, which gave her a better understanding about Norwegian life. 

The actor who has worked in many films, TV and web series, is of the opinion that art, especially movies serve as an honest reflection of reality. So that she prefers her works to be a portrayal of the state of the world. She also believes that the most significant function of a film is to create a faithful record of our times, and she would like to be a part of such films.

Shah will be seen next in Jayeshbhai Jordaar with Ranveer Singh, debutant Shalini Pandey, and Boman Irani. The film, written and directed by Divyang Thakkar, is backed by Yash Raj Films. The social comedy is set to hit cinemas on February, 25 next year. 

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