Padmaavat, a period drama directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, was caught in a long-stretched row after Rajput organisations opposed its release by protesting over alleged distortion of history facts. The film finally released on January 25, with the audience praising it for its visual exuberance and impactful performances.
BOLLYWOOD Updated: Mar 07, 2018
The controversy faced by Padmaavat has not deterred banner Viacom18 Motion Pictures, its co-producers, from making films on stories that deserve to be told, says a top official of the company. “In a big and diverse country like India, we never know what will offend whom, which community will get disheartened by watching a film. In Padmaavat, we celebrated the bravery of a community and they only protested to stop releasing the film. I think the Padmaavat episode
Padmaavat, a period drama directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, was caught in a long-stretched row after Rajput organisations opposed its release by protesting over alleged distortion of history fac
cannot fear us to go three steps back and make our creative mind extra conscious to make a film. It should be treated as an incident that was an exception,” Viacom18 Motion Pictures Chief Operating Officer Ajit Andhare told IANS in an interview.
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Andhare said as a company, their basic criteria of approving a project is a “good story that can potentially connect with the larger audience”. “I think now, with the success of Padmaavat, the fact has been proven. There are stories that deserve to be told. As a responsible filmmaking company, we were cautious about the subjects that we chose even before Padmaavat, but we do not want to add an extra lens of caution thinking which political wind will blow or which section of the community will get offended. That is certainly not the right way to choose a film,” added Andhare on the sidelines of the Ficci Frames 2018.
Viacom18 Motion Pictures has produced popular biopics in Bollywood — from Bhaag Milkha Bhaag and Mary Kom to Manjunath and Manjhi – The Mountain Man.
Considering how most biopics tend to fictionalise certain parts of an individual’s story to bring out the drama in a feature film, does it justify the truth of someone’s life’s journey? “I think that depends on who is telling the truth. When we make a biopic, and we have done quite a few of them, we take the permission of that individual or their family. That is how one can authenticate facts. Beyond that, if XYZ startS painting a truth, then it is difficult to explain. Truth is not based on others’ perception or imagined reality, it is what the source of authentic information provides us,” he said.