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Movie Review – A Movie Unveiling the real face of Ultra-Left Extremism

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‘Bastar: The Naxal Story’

Movie ‘Bastar: The Naxal Story’, Directed by Sudipto Sen and Produced by Vipul Amrutlal Shah, is a movie that reveals the real face of left liberals behind their so-called progressive facade. This story is based on the brutal red terrorism in the tribal regions of Chhattisgarh.

The film centres around IPS officer Neerja Madhavan (Adah Sharma), tasked with combating red terrorism activities in Bastar. The narrative begins with a court case against Neerja, accused of using extreme measures against villagers by training them to fight Naxals through the Salwa Judum, a controversial anti-Naxalite militia. The film juxtaposes Neerja’s struggles with those of Ratna (Indira Tiwari), a villager whose husband is brutally killed by the Naxal leader Lanka Reddy (Vijay Krishna). Ratna’s journey of vengeance and her son’s unfortunate induction into the Naxal fold form a poignant subplot.

Adah Sharma delivers a commendable performance as Neerja Madhavan, bringing a determined and gritty persona to the screen. Her portrayal of a high-ranking police officer grappling with personal and professional challenges is one of the film’s highlights. Indira Tiwari’s performance as Ratna is equally compelling, providing an emotional anchor to the story.

Vijay Krishna’s intense and impactful portrayal of Lanka Reddy, the menacing red terrorism leader, is impressive. The supporting cast adds depth to the narrative, including Shilpa Shukla as the Machiavellian lawyer and Raima Sen in a notable role.

The film’s direction by Sudipto Sen is noteworthy. Sen, who previously helmed “The Kerala Story”, brings meticulous attention to detail and a strong narrative drive. The cinematography effectively captures the rugged beauty and harsh realities of the Bastar region, while the use of background scores and songs enhances the film’s emotional and dramatic impact.

“Bastar: The Naxal Story” delves into this historical backdrop, contextualising the rise of red terrorism against decades of systemic neglect, socio-economic disparities, and the exploitation of indigenous tribes (Adivasis). The film highlights how these marginalised communities, deprived of basic amenities and rights, became fertile ground for the Naxal ideology to take root and flourish. The film depicts the harsh truth of how the left liberals, wearing the mask of progressiveness and communism, exploited the people of the remotest classes for a long time in Bharat. Not only that, but also how dangerous these types of activities are for the integrity of Bharat and the survival of Hindus can be imagined by watching this movie.

Another thing that has come up very noticeably in this film is how educated people are motivated to commit sedition to fulfil their petty interests. The film shows how JNU students celebrated the killing of 76 soldiers. There is plenty of evidence that this is not merely false. We have seen many times anti-Bharat slogans being raised in JNU by the students, behind which some so-called educated but anti-national professors and teachers are patrons. This movie shows us how the left-leaning liberals and red terrorism -minded people are in our system, whether it’s in the judiciary or maybe in political power. For that, we saw in this film how the Court restricted Salwa Judum (a state-sponsored anti-red terrorism militia) but not the activities of Naxalites. This film shows how an honest, brave IPS officer like Neerja has to face harassment and interrogation because the system is in the hands of anti-nationals.

A significant aspect of the film is its critique of the state’s role in the genesis and perpetuation of the red terrorism problem. Decades of governmental neglect, corruption, and exploitation have created a fertile ground for insurgency. This film also highlights the lack of infrastructure, healthcare, and education in Bastar, illustrating how these deficiencies contributed to the alienation and radicalisation of the local population. It explores how both state and Naxal interventions threaten traditional livelihoods and the cultural heritage of the Adivasis.

In today’s 21st century, this ultra-leftist ideology is a threat to the country and its citizens. The film exposes the facade of the left-liberals and reveals their true sinister nature. For Hindus, “Bastar: The Naxal Story” offers several important lessons. The movie also highlights the dangers of ideological extremism, regardless of its origin. It serves as a reminder that any ideology can become oppressive and destructive when taken to an extreme.

In the end, “Bastar: The Naxal Story” is a powerful narrative that uncovers the grim realities of ultra-left extremism in Bharat. It serves as a wake-up call, urging society to address the underlying issues that fuel such movements. For Hindus, the film offers valuable lessons in empathy, social responsibility, and the need for inclusive development.

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