A section of the Hindi film fraternity is irked at seemingly opportunist attempts by some filmmakers who have announced films on the recent gangrape incident in the Capital. And it is not just filmmakers, even TV shows and film promotions are using this incident to earn quick publicity.
Mumbai's entertainment fraternity joined hands as they came together to mourn the loss of the 23-year-old gangrape victim. From Bollywood bigwigs like Shabana Azmi, Mahesh Bhatt and Genelia D'souza to musical stalwarts like Sonu Nigam, Kailash Kher and Shaan, everyone was present to express solidarity.
Telugu director Ramana Gaddam’s film titled Nisha, director Hemant Madhukar’s Delhi Mafia, and Tollywood director Allani Sridhar’s yet untitled film are all based on the barbaric incident, and industry veterans feel that this is an insensitive move.
“I expected this would happen. They are trying to make quick money from the issue before it loses heat. I find it disgraceful,” says veteran filmmaker Shyam Benegal. Adds filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt, “A certain amount of sensitivity is essential today. It is important that these filmmakers do some soul searching. Rest, to each his own,” says Mahesh Bhatt.
Filmmaker Raj Kumar Gupta, who made No One Killed Jessica on the Jessica Lall murder case, says he is disgusted. “We are still trying to figure out where we have come to as a society after this incident. I don’t even want to have an opinion on this,” says Gupta.
The filmmakers in question are, however, defending themselves. “I had already planned the script a year ago on the crimes in Delhi. But the incident prompted me to take on the subject right now,” says Madhukar. Gaddam also has been quoted saying, “I’m not trying to cash in on the issue, instead, I want to send a strong message through my film that the perpetrators should be punished severely.”
Crime Patrol, a popular TV show is also likely to feature the case next weekend. “The presentation will be sensitive, yet factual. We won’t sensationalise it. We want to keep the fire burning,” says Subbu Iyer, the director of the show.
(Inputs by Kavita Awaasthi)