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Madhur Bhandarkar upset with selective activism in Bollywood


The director has expressed his grief over the lack of support from Hindi film fraternity for his upcoming film, Indu Sarkar.

IANS

National Award-winning filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar is sad that the film fraternity did not express solidarity with him while his forthcoming movie Indu Sarkar was mired in controversy.

The film, based on the Emergency era, has been cleared by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) revising committee with U/A certificate with two cuts and one disclaimer, and Bhandarkar is relieved at that.

But the fact that he did not see anybody standing by his side from the Hindi film industry, even though he spoke out in support of Udta Punjab and Ae Dil Hai Mushkil when these films were surrounded by controversies during their release, has upset him.

"It feels really sad that I as a filmmaker always stood with the film fraternity, whether it was regarding Udta Punjab or Ae Dil Hai Mushkil or any other film... But they must have had their own problems. That's why you get angry when you see such selective activism," Bhandarkar said at a press conference.

"Today what has happened to me, might happen with somebody else tomorrow. So, if you will support people as per your convenience, that won't work. Really this has saddened me as I wanted the film fraternity to come on a stage or tweet about this film, but that didn't happen," Bhandarkar lamented.

Earlier, veteran actor Anupam Kher, who is in Indu Sarkar too, had told IANS news agency that a "united voice of the industry", much like what was raised before the release of Udta Punjab, needed to be heard once again.