Filmmaker Prakash Jha is not bothered if the subject of Aarakshan stirs a debate among members of the censor board. “I never think about them. I am more concerned about my audience and the society at large. Now, I can only pray that everything goes well,” says the 59-year-old director. “We are looking into caste-based reservation and what caused it. It’s today’s story that shows where our education system is headed. Commercialisation is spreading like a virus. Everyone looks at packaging and specialisation.”
However, according to Prakash, his upcoming release documents the scenario without any form of preaching. “We’re not providing solutions to the system of reservation,” he adds.
Despite choosing serious issues for his movies (Raajneeti, Gangajal...), the filmmaker insists he won’t re-enter politics. “After the last elections, I declared that I’ll not contest at all,” he says.
It was rumoured that Ajay Devgn was his first choice for the role that Saif Ali Khan plays. Prakash asserts, “Ajay was never in talks. It was always Saif.”