‘People tend to get easily offended in our country’
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”.