‘I want to kill people who sue filmmakers’
A small political organisation can suddenly decide to vandalise theatres so that it gets noticed. Cinema is a soft target Vishal Bhardwaj, filmmaker
Filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj minces no words when he says that he finds it annoying that people attempt to hog the limelight by creating an issue around a film, just before its release.
“I want to kill all those who come up with legal issues before the release of the film,” says Bhardwaj, who had to remove a scene from his 2014 film Haider, after he got a legal notice from an Imam who claimed that he had been tricked into being a part of the film.
The 50-year-old filmmaker, who has made acclaimed films such as Maqbool (2003) , Omkara (2006) and 7 Khoon Maaf (2011), says that it’s unfair that people and organisations use cinema to promote themselves. “It’s sad that people look at cinema as something that can help them get noticed easily. A small political organisation gets up and decides to vandalise theatres so that it gets noticed. Cinema is a soft target,” he says In fact, he says that the chances of a filmmaker landing in legal trouble increase more when he makes a biopic. “Biopics are very interesting to make and watch, but in our country it is very easy to get up and sue someone who has made a biopic. Some distant relative will come up with a bizzare claim,” says Bhardwaj, adding, “I think we should make biopics on such historic characters that even their distant relatives are not alive!” Bhardwaj adds that the government should step in to stop protesters who make unreal claims. “We need the law enforcers to stop this kind of blackmailing,” he says.