In Too Much Democracy, a poetry particular penned by writer-director Ajay Singh and offered by actor Nakuul Mehta, Mare Tum is the final of the 12 poems. “By then we had almost covered everything — from the four pillars of democracy to draconian laws like Love Jihad, and politics of drug addiction in the film industry. If we took on the right-wing in Nafrat ki Vaccine, we also took on the Left and the politics of dynasty in Kaikeyi. All that was left was to speak about people themselves. Mare Tum is a post-apocalyptic poem that considers the scenario of humanity dying and why the planet may be better for it. It’s about the mistakes — social, cultural, environmental — which we made while we were here,” says Singh.
As for Jamhuriyat Begam, the place Singh traces the journey of democracy from the French Revolution to the World Wars and its present state, it’s the one he loved writing essentially the most. “As a writer, I felt I managed to bring all my interests into one poem,” says Singh, who provides that essentially the most difficult piece to place collectively was Teesra Khambha, which relies on the “crumbling of the four pillars of democracy”. Singh, within the current previous, has written and directed Amazon Prime’s Shaitaan Haveli and I Don’t Watch TV on Disney Hotstar.
Meanwhile, when Mehta posted a video studying Love Jahaaz on Instagram, he awoke the subsequent day to over 24,000 feedback. He had been trolled. “Poetry is about dialogue through art and one looks forward to contrarian points of view but sheer incoherent abuses to the poem gave us even further impetus to respond to them with another poem, Jhund (Herd),” says the actor, identified for enjoying the lead in TV exhibits Ishaqbaaz, Dil Bole Oberoi, amongst others.
“The year 2020 was a ‘too much’ year in every sense,” says Singh. “Everything bizarre that could happen in a single year — politically, culturally, globally — happened last year. With Too Much Democracy, the idea was to document the past year in a half an hour special show, not through stand up comedy or a documentary, but poetry,” he says. The poems had been launched on YouTube not too long ago by Kommune, a efficiency artwork discussion board.
The first poem that Singh wrote — Giddh — was triggered by “the mass media madness” that adopted actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s demise. “It is about the death of an artist being used by all kinds of vested interests to serve their own agendas, be it the media, politicians, colleagues or even some misguided fans. A toxic environment was created where all rules of law were ignored,” mentioned Singh.
Mehta echoes comparable ideas. “Given how incredulous the past year has been in every which way, one almost felt powerless in so many ways. In some ways, Sushant’s death and the aftermath of that really made us angry,” he mentioned.
When Singh despatched Giddh to Mehta, the actor shot it on his telephone in the course of the night time, and “without much thought or a strategy”, posted it on Twitter and Instagram. The response that it obtained, made Mehta ask Singh to put in writing some extra.
The 12 poems in Too Much Democracy, says Singh, whereas standalone items themselves, are additionally half of a complete story. “A lot of people feel we have echoed their thoughts and sentiments. Some have congratulated us for being courageous. But I feel it’s our responsibility as citizens and artists to even dissent with art, with facts, logic and truth,” says Mehta, including that Viveick Rajagopalan’s sound design and Bharathwaaj Subbu’s cinematic texture made the manufacturing “stand out”.
Singh additionally believes that artistes have to be further cautious lately. “Here is where poetry comes to the rescue. You can talk in symbols and just need to rhyme a little, the rest of the job is done by the listener and the poem itself. In that sense, poetry is quite a legal-proof art,” he says. Mehta provides that he has by no means felt the necessity to conform to what’s protected, and what a celeb should or ought to do. “Art cannot exist in a vacuum. Just like that, we can’t exist without acknowledging everything that’s going on around us,” he says. “As democracy evolves along with the medium of protest, poems also evolve and continue to speak for the times we live in. Poets like Bob Dylan and Allen Ginsberg have always been at the forefront of political movements. Adam Gondvi and Rahat Indori are as relevant today as they were yesterday,” says Singh.