Bollywood is not amused by Pakistan newspaper Jang’s claim that the Indian film industry is responsible for the world’s water shortage. Giving examples of prominent films like Dabangg, My Name Is Khan and Tum Mile, the report claims, “prodigious waste of water is a habit of Bollywood producers”. Angry film-makers dismiss the report as “silly”, and say that it has “become fashionable to blame Bollywood for everything”.
“This is rubbish. When you make a film on a national disaster, you need all that water. But we used water judiciously. We used the same water for 22 days because we didn’t want to waste it,” says Kunal Deshmukh, who directed Tum Mile, a film set during the 2007 Mumbai floods. Arbaaz Khan, producer of Dabangg says, “Kuch toh log kahenge … logo ka kaam hai kehna … (people are bound to say something or the other, that’s what they do). There is no sense to it.”
The report claims that Akshay Kumar-starrer De Dana Dan wasted 8,400,000 litres of water, and a scene in Dabangg that showed actor Sonakshi Sinha getting wet in the rain used 180,000 litres of water, while Hollywood hit Titanic used up only 450,000 litres of water.
But, Bollywood isn’t the only consumer, argues the film frat. “Ours is not the only one; even other industries use water,” says director Subhash Ghai. “Only one in five films has a rain song; I think water wastage in daily life is a larger issue,” says film-maker Anees Bazmee.
Film-maker Vipul Shah, who decided to do away with a wet Holi song in Action Replayy, says that Bollywood is socially responsible. “We would’ve used 70-80 tankers of water, but realised the scarcity and did away with the idea,” he says.
-HTC and IANS