Every period film leads to some controversies because history has been interpreted into many different theories. The accusations of distorting the facts become stronger when a film maker is taking a little liberty to fuse fact and fiction to make an enjoyable film because a period film with facts alone will be nothing more than a documentary.
And Ashutosh Gowariker has not been spared and there is lot of criticism since his historical project, Mohenjo Daro, was released earlier this month.
The director is taking the criticism in his stride and promises to “fix” the “wrongs” in future.
Addressing mass communication students at a seminar as part of the 7th Jagran Film Festival in Bhopal, Gowariker said, “Many critics and viewers have pointed out that the costumes are not from that era (2016 BC) and the dialect was not right. But, I urge people not to pay heed to such details. We prepared everything having consulted with archaeologists and have tried to keep it as real as possible.”
He added that despite criticism, he and his team are happy with how the film shaped up.
“Everyone worked really hard and we’d hoped that the audience will appreciate our efforts. My main motive was to bring on celluloid the beauty and charm of a period left unexplored. This is a matter of national identity which hasn’t been showcased in cinema before. I collected information from archaeologists, but wrote the screenplay keeping in mind the human element, blending fact with fiction,” he explained.
The filmmaker admitted that a film’s failure saddens him too. His last film, Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Se (2010), was a period drama based on the 1930 Chittagong uprising, and was panned by critics and the audience alike.
“When I make period films, people ask why I don’t move out of that genre. When I try my hand at normal films like What’s Your Rashee (2009), people say I should concentrate on period films only. I don’t want to blame the audience; I did that earlier in my career, but over the years, I have realised that the audience is always right. I try to internalise their feedback. I want to figure out what went wrong and why so that I can fix it in future,” he said. – CINEWS