The media has always been interested in covering the film industry.
The media has always been interested in covering the film industry. But it is very surprising to note that Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh mouthpiece Panchjanya, which is known for its right-leaning articles, has also elicited its keenness in the Indian film industry.
The saffron outfit weekly has been seeking the help of Indian movies for the promotion of unity and nationalism in the country. Films like last year’s biggest Indian blockbuster Baahubali and recently released Akshay Kumar-starrer Airlift have been covered by special movie reviews to bring out the cultural and nationalistic pride portrayed in them.
Through this coverage, the saffron magazine also aims to promote sportsmanship, integrity and nationalism through reviews of biopics like Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. The magazine has been regularly publishing special reviews of such films, while at the same time going after films and actors that it considers have been working against the national cause.
The periodical had published articles and pieces on recent controversies like the intolerance debate where Shahrukh Khan and Aamir Khan were reportedly criticised for their stance on the issue. The periodical had earlier also done a cover story on Muslim superstars (Khans) versus Hrithik Roshan.
Panchjanya editor Hitesh Shankar stated that the aim of publishing such reviews is to bring out the positive aspects being portrayed in the media. “As a magazine, it is our aim to document anything that is positive and can be utilised for the promotion of nationalism in the country. There are also attempts to unveil any negativity that is being attempted against the society,” Shankar said. He pointed out that as a magazine, the aim is to generate debate on important issues that the society faces.
Panchjanya magazine is considered to be a mouthpiece of BJP’s ideological parent, the RSS. The periodical was established in 1948 and had been edited by Atal Bihari Vajpayee.