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Dhananjoy is not a mere film but the voice of conscience, says director Arindam Sil
'Dhananjoy' the film which was released on August 11 is still running successfully all over and most importantly, it is making the people rethink about the verdict. The film also raised a question that "Is the Indian judiciary really an error-free system?"

The film had created a lot of buzz even before its release but now post its release Dhananjoy has turned into a movement. Needless to say that director Arindam Sil has become the recipient of applause from all quarters. In a recent panel discussion the director along with one of his lead cast Sudiptaa Chakraborty (who played the mother of the deceased girl) interacted with advocates Koushik Gupta, Sanjay Basu, Anjan Dutt and Professor Sanjay Mukherjee. The panel also included Debasish Sengupta, who has written the book "Adalat, Media, Samaj Ebong Dhananjoy-er Fnasi". The film is more or less based on his book.

Arindam, who also conducted the discussion said, "I think 'Dhananjoy' is not a mere film but is the voice of conscience. It is not a stunt or gimmick but we responded to our morality positively. I don't think of Dhananjoy as an individual but as a wholesome scenario of our social periphery."

There is a unanimous view that after such a long time having passed since Dhananjoy Chaterjee's hanging what is the relevance of the book now. In his reply Debasish Sengupta said, "The research procedure was lengthy enough and the verdict was not dependent on the research. Posthumous exoneration is not an absurd term in the international scenario except India."

Advocate Gupta said, "Unfortunately media had played the pivotal role to transform the mentality of masses that's why the society got so involved in this case."

On the other hand Sudiptaa Chakraborty clearly stated that she was dead against capital punishment. She said, "I think capital punishment endorses the theory of an eye for an eye. If anyone commits an extreme crime like murder then also it's not right to punish with death sentence. It would be better enough that you keep the person alive in a way that he starts thinking of death. But if you kill a murderer as for his crime is murder then who will punish the state or society for the killing in name of punishment?"

On a serious note, she also slammedthe media by saying, "From some sources we are hearing that media had written a story on and about Dhananjoy. I strongly oppose it because I believe that not only in the case of Dhananjoy but in every single matter media had written self-made story and still they are doing this. I will be happy and obliged enough if there comes a day when we can differentiate a newspaper from a best seller novel."

Director Arindam Sil also received some threats and he mentions that someone told him that he should not forget about the fact that he also has a daughter. He said, "I made the film because I'm father of a daughter and I personally want that every daughter of our country remains safe and that day our society will be safer."

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