Re­call­ing the tu­mult that he faced dur­ing the re­lease of his con­tro­ver­sial film Indu Sarkar, film­maker Mad­hur Bhan­darkar speaks up in sup­port of fel­low film­maker San­jay Leela Bhansali

Hindustan Times (Gurugram) - City - - ENTERTAINMENT - Rishabh Suri

Film­maker Mad­hur Bhan­darkar has come out in sup­port of film­maker San­jay Leela Bhansali’s film Pad­ma­vati, which has been mired in con­tro­ver­sies ever since the shoot started. The film is yet to even get a cer­tifi­cate from the Cen­tral Board of film Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion (CBFC), be­cause ac­cord­ing to the CEO Anurag Sri­vas­tav, the mak­ers hadn’t men­tioned any dis­claimer whether the film is based on fic­tion or his­tor­i­cal facts.

“I un­der­stand the plight of a film­maker. I’ve con­demned the kind of lan­guage be­ing used by cer­tain peo­ple. But ul­ti­mately, the film should be passed by the Cen­sor. Also, it’s en­tirely upto Bhansali, if he wants to show the film to the com­mu­nity, who feel their sen­ti­ments have been hurt. In our coun­try, peo­ple get touchy about pol­i­tics and his­tory,” says Mad­hur, whose film Indu Sarkar, based on the emer­gency pe­riod dur­ing ex Prime Min­is­ter Indira Gandhi’s time, had to face the ire too. The film­maker, who had re­ceived sim­i­lar threats for his film, adds, “One and a half months ago, I too had been trou­bled by po­lit­i­cal par­ties to change the dia­logues and the prin­ci­pal char­ac­ter’s name. [Af­ter this] I had to put a dis­claimer that the film wasn’t about Indu, but the cir­cum­stances dur­ing the emer­gency pe­riod. I faced same re­sponses from the Cen­sor Board and even from a woman who claimed to be San­jay Gandhi’s daugh­ter. I had to go from the High Court to the Supreme Court. It was just a day be­fore the re­lease that I got re­lief from the SC. I had to bear great loss. I couldn’t re­lease the over­seas prints be­cause the cer­ti­fi­ca­tion hadn’t hap­pened.” Thus, re­al­is­ing Bhansali’s plight, he wants Pad­ma­vati to have a smooth re­lease. “Mine was a small­bud­get film, cost­ing around six crores and we re­cov­ered it. But, it’s not about the bud­get. Bhansali makes good cinema, so the film should have a smooth re­lease once the Cen­sor passes it.”

I un­der­stand the plight of a film­maker. I’ve con­demned the kind of lan­guage be­ing used by cer­tain peo­ple




Mad­hur Bhan­darkar’s films have faced hos­tile re­sponses from fringe groups

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