I don’t make or de­stroy ca­reers: Rakeysh Mehra

HT City - - Front Page - Henna Rakheja henna.rakheja@hin­dus­tan­times.com

He might have given Aamir Khan a chance to play DJ in Rang De Bas­anti and Sonam Kapoor a new avatar in Delhi-6 ,but film­maker Rakeysh Om­prakash Mehra doesn’t like be­ing called a “ca­reer-maker” in the film in­dus­try.

The Delhi-born di­rec­tor, who is all set to launch ac­tor Anil Kapoor’s son Harsh­vard­han Kapoor, in his up­com­ing film based on the leg­end of Mirza-Saahiban, says, “My job is not to present any­body. I’m not a pre­sen­ter – I’m just a sto­ry­teller. My job is not to make ca­reers or de­stroy them. I sim­ply make movies and tell my story.”

Along­side shoot­ing for his film, Mehra is also keep­ing him­self up­dated on the changes re­quired in laws, since he has ac­cepted to be part of the newly-ap­pointed re­vamp panel for CBFC.

“It’s a ques­tion of huge re­spon­si­bil­ity. I al­ways felt there was a gap. The cin­e­matog­ra­phy acts of 1952 were writ­ten and last re­vised in 1991. I think we need to up­date them be­cause to­day In­dia is a dif­fer­ent place than how it was when this law or act was per­ceived. This amaz­ing ini­tia­tive from the govern­ment shows that the min­istry also feels the same way. Jo aag id­har hai, ud­har bhi hai... But it will re­quire a lot of ground work and study, which I am do­ing right now,” says the film­maker.


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