‘Peo­ple tend to get eas­ily of­fended in our coun­try’

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Ke­tan Me­hta (above) says film­mak­ers have to face a lot of hur­dles to release a film based on true in­ci­dents due to the over­sen­si­tive at­ti­tude of In­di­ans. Me­hta also shared that ob­jec­tions are raised on triv­ial is­sues as film­mak­ers are soft tar­gets. “In our coun­try, peo­ple are so sen­si­tive that they eas­ily get of­fended. Ev­ery­one wants an ap­pro­pri­ate part of the story and film­mak­ers are the eas­i­est tar­gets. Re­al­ity bites in one or the other way. So you just have to pre­pare for it.... One can take le­gal ad­vise be­fore start­ing the film,” says Me­hta who has made films such as films like Sar­dar, (1993) Man­gal Pandey: The Ris­ing (2005), and his last release Man­jhi: The Moun­tain Man.

And bring­ing the sto­ries alive on cam­era has not been an easy task. The re­search work in­volved in such a project was not the only worry in Me­hta’s head as the ris­ing voices of dis­sent in the so­ci­ety made things dif­fi­cult for him. But he says the story has to be pow­er­ful enough for him to take risks. And he says it’s al­ways ad­vis­able that “lawyers and le­gal per­son­nel be­come part of the unit”.

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