Ma­hesh Bhatt on Pak cen­sor board re­ject­ing his Film

The film­maker says he doesn’t want Pakistan cen­sor board to pre­judge Begum Jaan

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

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.

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