Karan Johar admits that he feels very vulnerable and restrictive as a filmmaker. The Kuch Kuch Hota Hai director, who has been a target of several political groups for his films like Wake Up Sid and My Name is Khan in the past has spoken out about the narrow minded approach of some political groups.
Karan Johar admits that, ”I have been fighting legal cases since my first film. I have been combating political parties and groups since then. Even my effigy was burnt once.” “I am afraid to give a statement on the politics of land or even share my point-of-view. I feel restrictive to be a citizen of this country,” he added.
Karan Johar was in New Delhi to share his views on ‘Celebrating 100 years of Indian Cinema- The Road Ahead’ at the ongoing Centenary Film Festival.
“We feel vulnerable at the release, pre-release and even post-release. Though I believe fear is not an emotion that a filmmaker should experience,” he said.
Karan Johar’s SRK starrer My Name is Khan was not taken in the right sense by Shiv Sena and hence it’s release had to be delayed in Maharashtra. Karan Johar has bought the film rights of the Shiva trilogy by the best-selling author Amish Tripathi but is reluctant on making a movie on it as he feels he might land up into trouble again.
Veteran actor Dhritiman Chaterjee who has worked with legendary filmmaker Satyajit Ray, said, “If Satyajit Ray and Mrinal Sen’s Kolkata films particularly Sen’s films which were explicitly political in nature were made in today’s times, I don’t think they would have got a release.”
Director Dibakar Banerjee, known for his realistic films such as Khosla Ka Ghosla, Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!, Love Sex aur Dhokha andShanghai believes people have the power to speak up and bring a significant change in the system.
“When they come for you there will be nobody to protest. We need to address the issue of censorship very deeply,” said Banerjee.
Zoya Akhtar believes vandalism, violence and hooliganism in the name of censorship should not be allowed.
“People can’t break theatres because they are offended by a film. If government can protect us then I believe more genuine voices can come out and we can work out with them.”
Karan Johar, Dibakar Banerjee and Zoya Akhtar also promoted their upcoming Indian anthology film Bombay Talkies here.Though Anurag Kashyap also has seat in the director’s cabin, he was not seen at the event.