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I don’t make or destroy careers: Rakeysh Mehra

- 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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PHOTO: SHIVAM SAXENA/HT

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