14 April, 2021

Anand Patwardhan

On his new documentary film War & Peace

Anand Patwardhan
Why this film?
India's nuclear tests in May '99 was the main provocation. Luckily, the anti-nuke movement caught on.

Isn't the Tehelka Tapes episode a distraction?
No. Corruption is at the heart of it all. In the name of Hindutva you have the RSS man making money. These people are not interested in national security.

What is communalism's relationship to war?
Religion is used to foment patriotic feelings. First they do Gujarat. Then they move on to international territory.

How did you have Raja Ramanna make uncharitable comments about war in the film?
I cannot give my secrets away. I'm only exploiting the democratic space available.

How is this film different?
It is my most personal film. I am constantly haunted by the horrors of a nuclear holocaust.

Aren't you in danger of being called unpatriotic?
It is to prove my nationalist credentials that I made it into a very personal film.

How do you finance your films?
My films are financed by myself. Even if I was offered money,...

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