‘I want to kill peo­ple who sue film­mak­ers’

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Yashika Mathur yashika. mathur@ hin­dus­tan­times. com

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.

PHOTO: WASEEM GASHROO/HT

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