Entertainment

'Padmavati' issue scary for all of us: Vinod Kapri

Agency | November 23, 2017 01:25 PM

PANAJI:  As protests against "Padmavati" gather steam all across India, "Pihu" director Vinod Kapri finds the issue scary for a citizen as well as a filmmaker. He says the government needs to take a stand and protect freedom of expression.

"The 'Padmavati' issue is really concerning. It is scary for all of us, as a citizen and as a filmmaker also. If we as a nation treat a legendary filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali (like this), then I am really worried about the future," Kapri told IANS on the sidelines of the ongoing International Film Festival of India (IFFI) here.

"There is a censor board and people should respect the censor board, or we should shut down the censor board. But if there is a censor board, then everyone should including the Shree Rajput Karni Sena (which is at the forefront of the protests), should respect its sanctity. They are not respecting it," he added.

Bhansali's attempt to bring alive the story of Rajput queen Rani Padmavati on the silver screen with his movie "Padmavati" hasn't gone down well with Hindu groups backed by the BJP. It features Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh in pivotal roles.

Bhansali faced many hiccups while shooting the film, but the protests escalated as the film neared its release date. There are conjectures that it "distorts history" regarding the Rajput queen, and Bhansali has denied it repeatedly.

The movie's release date has been deferred from the original December 1 date, but there are efforts from Hindu groups to have it banned.

Kapri, whose film "Pihu" replaced the opening Marathi film "Nude" in the Indian Panorama segment at IFFI, hopes that "this bad phase" will get over soon.

"It will get over. People will realise their mistakes."

Kapri has had his share of trouble over the release of his film "Miss Tanakpur Hazir Ho" in 2015. Despite getting a clean chit from the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), a leading farmer's union in Uttar Pradesh "banned" the movie as they were not happy with the portrayal of khaps (kangaroo courts).

So what's the way forward to tackle such protests, which many call an act of bullying?

"I expect my government to take a tough stand. My government is capable enough to handle such fringe elements. I think the government should take a stand and protect freedom of expression."

Kapri, who was a journalist before foraying into showbiz as a director, says "harsh realities are mind-blowing", and he is trying to capture "those realities in his cinema.

On his future projects, Kapri said: "We are planning to release 'Pihu' very soon. I am also working on my next project with Drishyam Films. There is also a project with Siddharth Roy Kapur. I can't talk about it, but we will be able to say something by 2019 or end of 2018."

Have something to say? Post your comment
Must Read
Herbal park to be developed on 4 acres in Dhaipi village, says Punjab forest minister sadhu Singh Dharamsot
Herbal park to be developed on 4 acres in Dhaipi village, says Punjab forest minister sadhu Singh Dharamsot
Education could empower students to become an active partners in nation building - says DC
Education could empower students to become an active partners in nation building - says DC
DC exhorts NRIs to participate in special camp being organized for them at DAC
DC exhorts NRIs to participate in special camp being organized for them at DAC
Dal Khalsa mocks at shifting of Behbal Kalan probe from Faridkot to Ferozepur police
Dal Khalsa mocks at shifting of Behbal Kalan probe from Faridkot to Ferozepur police
DC launches ‘campus to corporate 2018’ app for giving fillip to ‘Ghar Ghar Naukri’ mission
DC launches ‘campus to corporate 2018’ app for giving fillip to ‘Ghar Ghar Naukri’ mission
Sidhu bats for taking Punjab crop to world market
Sidhu bats for taking Punjab crop to world market
Cash snatched from Nakodar  woman
Cash snatched from Nakodar woman
Councilor among four booked for outraging woman’s modesty
Councilor among four booked for outraging woman’s modesty
CA Renu Arora elected as Head Legal Cell of PUCA
CA Renu Arora elected as Head Legal Cell of PUCA
Canadian entrepreneurs call on Rana KP to promote technology of converting garbage to energy in Punjab
Canadian entrepreneurs call on Rana KP to promote technology of converting garbage to energy in Punjab
Bhagwant Mann takes unique initiative, donates three wheeler scooters to differently able people
Bhagwant Mann takes unique initiative, donates three wheeler scooters to differently able people
Sitharaman questions Rahul's presence at Gitanjali Jewels event
Sitharaman questions Rahul's presence at Gitanjali Jewels event