‘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.
Its co-producers Ajit Andhare, from making films on stories says, “In a big and diverse country like India, we never know what will offend whom, which community will get disheartened by watching a film.”
He further says, “In Padmaavat, we celebrated the bravery of a community and they only protested to stop releasing the film. I think the Padmaavat episode 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.”
Andhare said as a company, their basic criteria of approving a project is a “good story that can potentially connect with the larger audience”.
He sadi, “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,” Andhare added.
Viacom18 Motion Pictures has also produced popular biopics in Bollywood, from ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ and ‘Mary Kom’ to ‘Manjunath’ and ‘Manjhi -The Mountain Man’.
‘Padmaavat’ was released on January 25, with the audience praising it for its visual exuberance and impactful performances.–CINEWS