Decrying ‘favouritism’

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 15 Jul 2017 11:39:29

By Arundhuti Banerjee

Filmmaker Tigmanshu Dhulia is okay with the guidelines of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) committee, but says he has an issue with its favouritism. “I do not have any complaints with the CBFC guidelines. As a filmmaker, I will not ask for a U/A certification if I make an adult film.... We have to understand that India is a complex country where we are living with so many religious and cultural sentiments. Having said that, I have an issue with its favouritism,” Dhulia told IANS recently.

“They (the CBFC) tend to give preference to big producers, big names of the business, which is wrong. I do not support that. Unfortunately, none of the journalists talks about that,” he added. His next film Raagdesh, set to release on July 28, is based on the Red Fort trials at the conclusion of World War II of officers and soldiers of the Indian National Army, whom the then colonial rulers considered rebels. Asked if the story advocates war and if violence is the solution to any political turmoil, Dhulia said, “We have to understand that Bose’s (INA leader Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s) philosophy -- ‘Give me blood, and I shall give you freedom’ -- was under an extreme

“Through this film, I am not encouraging any warmongering. This is the time we can negotiate to resolve our problems. Unless we understand how much blood loss happened in the process of attaining our freedom from the British Empire, the new generation will not value our freedom,” he added.

If the aim is to reach out to the new age audience, why not do it through a web series instead of a film? “I think the storytelling culture on web series is still catching up. With the audience... I think cinema is still (more) powerful than digital entertainment. Maybe, after five years, things will change,” said Dhulia. The film revolves around three soldiers, played by Kunal Kapoor, Mohit Marwah and Amit Sadh.

Asked how he cast these actors, the filmmaker said: “The resemblance is one of the factors that I kept in mind while casting. Kunal and Amit are good actors, but Mohit is new and young. I took his audition. He is very talented. It is important for an actor to understand the direction while performing; Mohit has it.” The National School of Drama alumnus also says his training helped him to become not only a better director but also an actor.