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Will not compromise for commercial pressure: Shoojit Sircar on biopic

The director was speaking of his venture into period drama with a biopic based on revolutionary and freedom fighter Udham Singh.

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Filmmaker Shoojit Sircar, who will be venturing into period drama with a biopic based on revolutionary and freedom fighter Udham Singh, said he will not take liberty with the subject until he can authenticate it.

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"I will take the liberty as to what I can authenticate as that person, not to sell my film," Sircar said on Sunday (8 April) at the promotional interview for his forthcoming film October.

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He also added that sometimes directors from Hindi cinema take unnecessary advantage of their situation as a filmmaker.

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"I will not compromise anything just for the sake of commercial pressure. I will be as genuine as possible," he added.

The Hindi film industry recently saw controversies related to period drama films that included Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone-starrer Padmaavat and then Kangana Ranaut's Manikarnika.

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Currently, Sircar is promoting his movie October that features Varun Dhawan and newcomer Banita Sandhu in the lead.

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Talking about the film, Sircar said, "It is a very simple film. After the trailer we've been getting responses like it is intriguing, thriller or suspense film, there is nothing like that, it is a very simple story. Not a love story, but it is a story about love."

October is written by Juhi Chaturvedi and produced by Ronnie Lahiri and Sheel Kumar under Rising Sun Films banner. The film is scheduled to be released on 13 April.