Mahesh Bhatt on Pak censor board rejecting his Film
The filmmaker says he doesn’t want Pakistan censor board to prejudge Begum Jaan
It was conveyed to my distributor in Pakistan that the film will not be imported as it deals with the theme and time of partition MAHESH BHATT, FILMMAKER
The Pakistan censor board has raised objections to the theme of filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt’s (right) film Begum Jaan and banned it from releasing in the theatres there. Though, Bhatt is still pursuing the release of the film, he is disappointed that the judgement was passed without watching the film.
“It was conveyed to my distributor in Pakistan that the film will not be imported because it deals with the theme and time of partition. Yes, it does take place in 1947 but the film is on how the people of that time dealt with the issue. It has no view on partition,” says Bhatt, who even spoke to the authorities across the border but couldn’t bring the conversation to a solution. “I told them that if the law of the land doesn’t allow the film to release, I would bow down, but don’t pre-judge it. It may seem, on the surface, that the film is about partition but it isn’t. The concerned person told me that he would look into the matter, but then there was tone deaf silence. Later, the distributor told me that there was communication to the censor board from the government to not allow the release of the film,” he says.
Bhatt is still hoping that his efforts will reap good results. “They don’t like to import movies, which spotlights on the period that they call is from the time of partition. Whatever their reasons are, nothing has been informed to me in writing but I don’t see the film seeing the light of day. I’ll still try to pursue the matter,” he says.
“I hope, that once the movie releases in India and the people there see it through different resources, then they’ll see that it isn’t what they thought it is,” he adds.