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Hansal calls out industry ‘colleagues’ for antiBollyw­ood sentiment


Filmmaker Hansal Mehta has reacted to the antiBollyw­ood sentiment saying that “it is disturbing”, referring to several Hindi films having faced backlash from a section of the people leading to a dismal box office, this year.

In an interview, the Aligarh (2015) director said, “The kind of stuff that is being written on social media, some of it even surreptiti­ously and otherwise, with the endorsemen­t of some of our own colleagues, is disturbing. What is happening in this diversion, this madness, is that our fear is getting the better of us in being able to tell our stories the way we want to, in making the films the way we want to. It is a transitory phase and we will emerge out of it.”

Calling the Hindi film industry a “resilient” one, Mehta, while talking to Indian Express, added that a lot of the hatred towards Bollywood is ”very manufactur­ed” on social media.

“What is important is to not lose focus of our main job, which is to tell stories, whatever the counter point, whether your film is an outand-out propaganda, or it is completely counter to the propaganda that is being fed to us,” he stated, adding that in the quest to serve a certain agenda, “we have forgotten that we are actually making films for audiences”.

 ?? PHOTO: PTI ?? Hansal Mehta
PHOTO: PTI Hansal Mehta

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