Jaspal Bhatti does a take on racial attacks in Australia

With racial attacks on Indian students in Australia turning ugly, a take on the issue by popular social satirist Jaspal Bhatti is a much-desired antidote to soothe hard feelings.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010   |  Copyright: IANS  |  Comments 12 Comments  |  4332 Views

With racial attacks on Indian students in Australia turning ugly, a take on the issue by popular social satirist Jaspal Bhatti is a much-desired antidote to soothe hard feelings.

Bhatti's film school 'Mad Arts' has come up with a non-commercial eight-minute film, 'Sydney Chala Sydney' to highlight the dilemma of families whose children are either already studying in Australia or are planning to go there.

'This film highlights the problems faced by Indian students studying abroad and also showcases various quandaries in the minds of parents and students who are going abroad,' said Bhatti.

'I hope that our film, which is full of comedy and hilarious moments, would certainly attract the interest of larger audience. Comedy is one of an effective medium to touch upon very serious and relevant social issue,' he added.

The movie will be circulated on the internet and shown on various channels in the coming days.

The lead character of the movie Sydney is going abroad for higher studies when suddenly his family gets the news of racial attacks on Indian students in Australia.

They cancel his trip. However, when someone reminds them about the huge amount already spent on making preparations for the journey, they decide to send Sydney to Australia.

'We are not against our children going abroad for studies. But we want to educate students as well as their parents about the training and preparations they need to make in advance,' said Savita Bhatti, chief executive officer of Mad Arts.

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  • Posted on: 21 January 2010 at 11:26pmbewafa

    yes there is racism EVERYWHERE in this world.
    but don't blame ALL the attacks on racism.

    some are, and some aren't.

    but pray tell me this, the whole deal in Maharashtra that's happening...would we call that Racism?

    @aadaa: wow, go you for stereotyping and prejudice and all that jazz

  • Posted on: 20 January 2010 at 8:31pmMARCELLE


    Aada.....pardon me but I think u sound very racist yourself!!!

  • Posted on: 20 January 2010 at 1:21pmsweetchilly1234

    racial attacks happens everywhere...its gud that this issue came out don't try to hide it...It is a fact that people of color have to face lot of bullshit in other countries...If you are saying these students provoked it, than I feel for u...come out and tell the truth...Don't try to turn this issue around, and take it out on us...The matter of fact is, it has happened, it does happened, and something should be done about it..If we don't expose it now, later even we might be the target of these people

  • Posted on: 20 January 2010 at 8:38amKinSanj

    great!!! it's not the australians fault if the indian students are provoking them to do it.
    I'm from Sydney myself and i know how students provoke others to fight with them, then they go on rallying on streets that it's a racial attack!

  • Posted on: 20 January 2010 at 5:11amMazzy101

    its not good, ppl need to be more aware of racism!

  • Posted on: 20 January 2010 at 4:44ambewafa

    completely agree with you.
    half the injuries have been from the students fighting amongst themselves. I mean just recently, one student in Griffith died, due to fights amongst themselves, and then one Indian husband killed his student wife in Westmead.

    I mean, some attacks are probably racist, but not everyone. And i mean, you get robbed or stabbed in india...it's like, yeh it happens. but other people also get stabbed or robbed everywhere...doesn't mean that everything is racial.

    the media really hypers it up. and the fact is, because they're students, they cannot afford to live in really good areas. If you live in Lakemba or Mt Druitt...the dangers go up obviously.

    BUT all of this will probably put a stop to parents just sending their kids off to another country...esp. kids who have no intention of actually studying a proper degree.

  • Posted on: 20 January 2010 at 1:37amregalla

    he is great in his messages through the mass media... i hope this one also lives upto the expectations

  • Posted on: 19 January 2010 at 10:49pmRohitashkumar

    It is very could towady

  • Posted on: 19 January 2010 at 10:17pmGurmendersingh

    for inspiration

    "Sydney Chala Sydney' is a good film of Jaspal
    Bhatti about the Indian students who are being
    attacked in Australia for past nine months. It is
    eight minute non-commercial film, so we
    can take inspiration form this movie"

  • Posted on: 19 January 2010 at 9:27pmbawas

    A different perspective

    The attacks that are taking place are extremely bad but we have no proof that the australians are doing it, the indian students could just be fighting among themselves. If you lived here and knew what goes around you'd understand. The Indian international students themselves are a nuissance and hvae no idea how to behave in public. Loud swearing and shouting in trains and continuously making rude racial remarks at everyone is like an everyday ritual for them. I've been living in australia for the past 15 years and havn't had anyone say anything remotely racial to me. The guys have gangs in different areas that clash with gangs that already existed before they even came here.

    Yes this is a matter that needs to be looked into but not all the blame can be laid soley upon australians. These events are ruining the environment for already established indians living in australia.

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