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Q queries curious minds at Allura 2018

“I am called a porn filmmaker, but I don’t make porn films,” said Qaushiq Mukherjee, aka Q, at the screening of his latest film Garbage on Friday at St Joseph’s College (Autonomous).

Q, referred to as “India’s most dangerous filmmaker” by certain sections of the media, is an unconventional filmmaker known for his politically charged and sexually explicit films like Tasher Desh, Gandu and Brahman Naman. He explained the use of elements from the Dogme 95 filmmaking movement in his films, telling students at the Department of Communication fest Allura 2018: “I broke rules and made new rules.”

Q aims to induce physical reactions with his cinema, but without the use of violence, emotions and children. He described cinema as an immersive experience through the use of visual cues. For Indians to accept his cinema or films, he said he would have to focus on fiction feature films and come up with “cool” concepts because “Indians are not cool. Period.” Q explained that the goal of creating an image with a perception is to confuse the otherwise one-sided narrative that we as viewers have been fed for the past 20-something years.

“Pirates came to my rescue,” Q said about how he gained his initial fame. The power of internet really helped him and his cinema gain popularity and is the main reason for his growing cult fan-following, he claimed.

“If there was no piracy, I would not have existed,” he said With Garbage, the only Indian movie at the Panorama section of the 68th Berlin International Film Festival this year, Q wanted to “create physical disturbance” in the conscience of the audience, and was indeed successful in doing so.