Aftermath of violent incident intrigues me: Nandita

Mumbai: Actor-filmmaker Nandita Das, who debuted as a director with `Firaaq`, on Thursday said she was intrigued by the aftermath of violence and how people grapple with its impact.

“Aftermath of a violent incident and what lingers on intrigues me. It intrigues me how people grapple with fear, prejudice, anger, guilt,” said Das, who is also a social activist.

`Firaaq`, released in 2008, is based on people and relationships in aftermath of the 2002 post-Godhra riots. She was speaking at the launch of a book, `Riots and After in Mumbai: Chronicles of Truth and Reconciliation`, written by senior journalist Meena Menon.

Former Supreme Court Judge B N Srikrishna, who released the book, said justice is not merely revenge. “An inquiry commission is not meant to deliver justice but to expose what happened. If a wrong has been done, it is the job of the state machinery to bring it before the judge,” said Justice Srikrishna, who headed the judicial commission which probed the 1992-93 communal riots in Mumbai.

In case of the Mumbai riots, the state machinery was hand in gloves with the wrongdoers, he added.