As an actor, I feel I’m responsible to tell an important story… Climate change and resultant water crisis is a big topic of conversation, globally.SANJAY MISHRA ACTOR
After the acclaimed Kadvi Hawa (2017), actor Sanjay Mishra is back with yet another film that trains focus on the issue of climate change. Turtle, that stars him in a lead role, recently won the National Award for Best Rajasthani Film. It has also garnered acclaim for its unflinching gaze at the water crisis.
Although films such as Turtle receive critical acclaim, they never get enough exposure, and Sanjay believes that the government should take up the responsibility to release these films widely. “As an actor, I feel I’m responsible to tell an important story through the film I become part of, and Turtle is an important film for me. Climate change and resultant water crisis is a big topic of conversation, globally. So while a National Award makes us happy, the film will serve its purpose when it is released widely for the mass audience,” he says.
The senior actor opines that in a small budget film, coming from an independent filmmaker, it’s not possible to get a wider reach unless there’s government support. “That’s because releasing a film is an expensive affair. These films have the potential to create awareness among common people. Such efforts should be viewed by commoners, to let them form their views on climate change,” says Sanjay.
The actor who appeared in films such as the Golmaal series, Ankho Dekhi (2013), Masaan (2015), and Newton (2017), believes that in order to usher change it is important to reach out to the future generation.
“In my understanding, it would make sense to include this kind of films on their extracurricular activity. Understanding the importance of planting trees and water harvesting system is important from childhood, so that it can become part of your lifestyle,” says the actor, whose criterion to accept a role is that it should give him creative satisfaction, and not just money.