The ac­tor speaks about the van­dal­ism on the sets of her film; ad­vo­cates free­dom of ex­pres­sion

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Entertainment - An­juri Na­yar Singh

Ac­tor Aditi Rao Hydari (right) is some­one who doesn’t be­lieve in hold­ing back her opin­ion and ex­presses it strongly. When the sets of film­maker San­jay Leela Bhansali’s Pad­ma­vati were van­dalised, she re­ferred to the in­ci­dent as un­for­tu­nate, say­ing that such “curb­ing of ex­pres­sion” has to stop.

Bhansali’s film has been in con­tro­versy since the shoot be­gan. In Fe­bru­ary last, the shoot was stalled by ac­tivists of a Ra­jput group, who tried to van­dalise the sets at the Jaigarh Fort in Jaipur and later in March, the sets caught fire in Kol­ha­pur. The ac­tivists ac­cused him of dis­tort­ing facts, while mak­ing the his­tor­i­cal film. “I be­lieve, art and cin­ema do not have a lan­guage or any re­li­gious or ge­o­graph­i­cal bound­aries. It shouldn’t even have gen­der dis­crim­i­na­tion. I think film­mak­ers should be given the free­dom to tell their sto­ries. We are a demo­cratic coun­try. There are so many ter­ri­ble things hap­pen­ing else­where. If they’re not sti­fled, why should this [the film] be,” says Aditi.

The 30-year-old ac­tor says that ex­pe­ri­enced film­mak­ers should be en­trusted with mak­ing great cin­ema. “I’m say­ing this for di­rec­tors, who we should be proud of. We should be proud of some­one like Bhansali. We can’t stop them from telling their sto­ries. They are cre­at­ing his­tory with their kind of cin­ema. How can we curb them or clip their wings?” she asks.

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