24 September, 2020

Mahesh Bhatt

The director takes on the censor board in defence of his last film Zakhm

Mahesh Bhatt
Why the fuss about an 'A' certificate for Zakhm?
Communal harmony is the film's theme. It should be watched by the youth, those in their formative years.

Has the censor board been fair?
Chairperson Asha Parekh's decision to refer the film to the home ministry is shocking. She has abdicated her responsibility. We had planned to release the film on November 24. Now it'll have to wait till the end of January.

Why is Asha Parekh so wary of the film?
She hasn't seen it. She's only read the synopsis and fears a backlash. Ridiculous.

Did you anticipate trouble at the scripting stage?
I had problems with my first film, Manzilein Aur Bhi Hai, made 25 years ago. Zakhm is my last film. Nothing has changed. It's pointless gloating about the world's largest democracy when writers and filmmakers have somebody breathing down their necks.

What do you intend to convey through the film?
I've no political agenda. Zakhm is a fictionalised replay of memories of my mother, a Shia. Secularism is not a mere...


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