Activism against films or books sets a wrong precedent: Madhur Bhandarkar at Odisha Literary Festival

Speaking at a session on "Changing face of Indian Cinema," the acclaimed director said, he has encountered selective posturing from the Bombay film industry.

Published: 29th October 2017 05:03 PM  |   Last Updated: 29th October 2017 06:01 PM   |  A+A-

Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar speaks during a session on Indian cinema at the Odisha Literary Festival in Bhubaneswar. (Shamim Qureshy | EPS)

By Express News Service

BHUBANESWAR: Selective support for or activism against films and books or for that matter any creative medium should not be permitted because it sets a wrong precedent, said noted filmmaker Madhu Bhandarkar here on Sunday.

Speaking at a session on "Changing face of Indian Cinema" at Odisha Literary Festival 2017, the acclaimed director of films like Chandni Bar and Fashion said, he has encountered selective posturing from the Bombay film industry.

"Nobody stood up for me when my film "Indu Sarkar" was facing a massive protest and I had to seek police security for about a month," he said.

Be it "Ae Dil Hai Mushkil" or "Udta Punjab" or for that matter "Mersal," there should be a united fight against the demand for ban or censorship. "In my personal opinion, no film or book should be banned. When films have already received censor certification, why should anyone seek a ban," he said.

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Bhandarkar was recently in news when he objected to Rahul Gandhi's support for the Tamil film "Mersal" on the grounds that the Congress leader was adopting a double standard by supporting one film but not standing up when "Indu Sarkar" was facing protests.

Actress Tillotama Shome, known for her critcically-acclaimed roles in films like "Qissa" "Hindi Medium" and "Death In the Gunj" echoed similar sentiments and said filmmakers these days are smart enough to work on sensitive subjects in such a manner that the message reaches the audience but censorship is avoided.

"Oppressive governments and decision makers will always be opposed but filmmakers are outsmarting them by talking about subjects like homosexuality. We should not treat our audience like they are foolish," she said.

Film critic and writer Jai Arjun Singh moderated the session.

 

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