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