We are show­ing a mir­ror to the ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem, says Em­raan Hashmi

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - City - - CITY | CHANDIGARH - Sneha Ma­hade­van sneha.ma­hade­[email protected]

Em­raan Hashmi makes his pro­duc­tion de­but with Why Cheat In­dia, his up­com­ing film that deals with the is­sue of cor­rup­tion within the In­dian ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem. He plays a con man in the film that helps stu­dents pass ex­am­i­na­tions by us­ing un­fair means. While the film has been court­ing con­tro­ver­sies, Em­raan says that it was a con­scious de­ci­sion to show the pro­tag­o­nist in a neg­a­tive light.

“A holier than thou, pu­ri­tan­i­cal hero that does ev­ery­thing right and goes and saves the day and is a whis­tle blower, would have been re­ally un­re­al­is­tic to show on the screen be­cause that’s not how clean the sys­tem is. We de­cided to have a pro­tag­o­nist who is head­ing the nexus and say the story from the devils point of view. It’s not the cen­sored way of look­ing at things and that couldn’t hap­pen with a hero be­ing righ­teous. We had to show cheat­ing and the mal­prac­tices that hap­pen. So we are es­sen­tially show­ing a mir­ror to the ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem,” he says. Since the film high­lights a per­ti­nent is­sue that plagues the en­tire na­tion, the mak­ers are now putting in a for­mal ap­pli­ca­tion to make the film tax free. A source from the pro­duc­tion re­veals, “Tax free is ba­si­cally get­ting rid of the en­ter­tain­ment tax com­po­nent. This means lower ticket rates and that en­ables more peo­ple to watch the film. A for­mal ap­pli­ca­tion has to be sub­mit­ted to var­i­ous state gov­ern­ments. They have a com­mit­tee which views the film and then ac­cord­ingly takes a call. Now that the film is go­ing to be ready, we will ini­ti­ate the process of fig­ur­ing out the right way to get the film viewed so we get max­i­mum ben­e­fit.”

Em­raan says, “We might have not taken the most righ­teous route to show how the sys­tem works in the film, but that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t get the (tax) ben­e­fits. Peo­ple will as­sume what the film is based on be­cause of the ti­tle. It is con­tro­ver­sial but you have to see the film to see how we have dealt with the is­sue.”

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