Parallels between ‘Buddha in a…’, JNU events are uncanny: Anupam

Mumbai, April 26 (IANS) Veteran actor Anupam Kher still can’t believe that his next film “Buddha in A Traffic Jam” pre-empts the recent incidents at the Jawaharlal Nehru University involving the student leader Kanhaiya Kumar.

Anupam said: “It is hard to believe that we made ‘Buddha in a Traffic Jam’ long before the JNU incident. The parallels are so uncanny that anyone who watches our film would think we’ve actually made the film after seeing what happened at the JNU.”

“Cinema as a medium, can be a tool of change. We’ve shown how ‘change’ is sometimes a pretext for a power game,” he added.

There are hardhitting anti-establishment dialogues throughout the film. But it has sailed through the censor board without a single cut.

“Yes, we have not had to face a single cut. That’s the beauty of Indian democracy. Everybody gets a chance to say what he or she wants,” said the actor.

The film’s director Vivek Agnihotri said the film is based on his own experiences during his student days.

“I was half Naxal when I came out of my university. Later, I realized I was brainwashed by my professors. So, I decided to make a film on that. Never thought that four years later it will come true in JNU,” he added.



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