Sudipta Dey
“I’m a hippie in the classic sense,” says Q. You might take it as a joke, but after an hour-and-a-half long conversation, you would know, he IS a hippie in every sense of the word. His Love In India finally saw the light of the day on September 16. Extremely arduous in content, the film took him five years to complete, but he says it was a conscious decision from the start.
“I had to grow with the film,” says Q, lesser known as Qaushik Mukherjee, who had to discover his own sexuality over the years. The film deals with the concept of love, through many connotations and contradictions of the idea in India. “There are a lot of things in society that has lost relevance, which has devalued and depreciated over the years. What we are trying to do here is ignite these issues, exercise and make people talk about it,” he says. For Q, the subject has always been sexuality and its multiplicity. Of all the documentaries and independent films, Bissh is one feature film that was released formally. “I never thought that it would release, I never expected people to react to the film the way they did,” says Q, who has always believed that the city is content-driven. 
“Information is restricted to a certain class. Discrimination is at its highest level and there is a political connect to it,” says Q, which has lead to him to follow a simple dictum, “If you don’t act, there would be no reaction.” 
Holding art in the highest regard, Q thinks it is a progressive means. “It’s global and not globalisation. Films in Bengal have always been the best in the country and classics written were way ahead of their times. But somehow, we have become numb and started moving backwards,” says Q, who has a ready solution for that too —“Shock”
Keeping in tune with his motto, he acts, literally and people react to it. Q is one of the key actors in his film. He bares himself of all for his audience to see. “The idea of the hippie movement was to shed your clothes and accept yourself in your skin. I want the world to see me, I want them to see my work,” says Q with an unsettling conviction. “You have to confront yourself first, before you take on the subject.” He attributes this conviction towards his subject as a ‘personal provocation’.
Q has always believed in independent films and never in what he calls “pop-corn films”. “When we make films we never think how we are going to sell the film. The content is important and not the target audience,” says Q, who has been taught the opposite in his advertising profession. 
His film Gandu also explores different sides of one’s sexuality. But he refuses to comment on it as it is an underground project. “Those who have to know already know about it,” he says evading questions about it. A stern follower of the underground movement, he explains, “The idea of underground films are that they should not be publicised, they should come to the forefront. When it does it loses its identity,” says Q, sounding disappointed at the same time.
“People do not support the movement. There are many filmmakers who are doing wonderful work on different subjects. But there are no means to distribute these films here,” says Q, referring to US-based companies who distribute films online. “The culture of buying films online has not caught up in India yet. Hopefully people will wake up from their slumber.”

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