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HindustanTimes Sun,20 Apr 2014

Movies today are made for a certain class: Javed Akhtar

PTI  New Delhi, May 03, 2013
First Published: 14:10 IST(3/5/2013) | Last Updated: 18:20 IST(3/5/2013)

Javed Akhtar feels that filmmakers today make movies keeping in mind audience from the metro cities only. Veteran scriptwriter and poet Javed Akhtar feels movies today are made for a certain class of audience and filmmakers only target metro cities for their project's release.

"Now films are being made for a certain class. A producer once said to me I don't care if my film is not released in UP, MP or Bihar. It must release in metros. He's saying that 75 percent of Indians don't matter. This is our development. This reflects even for our news channels. How can they go against those who give them Advertisements?," said 68-year-old Akhtar while attending ASSOCHAM's annual Summit on Entertainment and Media.

Javed Akhtar, who has written hits like Sholay, Zanjeer, Don and Deewar, also said that we have entered "industrial age with an age old feudal mind".

"We have entered industrial age with an age old feudal mind. You should see what kind of contracts the entertainment channels get in with musicians, directors or a writer. And these contracts have been made in a country where bonded labour is banned.

"If you try to exploit or repress someone else in a better position... He will exploit and repress you. We lack sense of equality. We need to change basic moral values," he added.

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