A few days ago, it was reported that Sanjay Puran Singh Chauhan is writing the script for a film being made on the life of late Sanjay Gandhi, son of former Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi. And ever since, Chauhan’s phone has been ringing non-stop.
According to him, members of a political party have constantly been calling him and asking him details about the script. But, Chauhan has no idea which political party the intimidators belong to. “I don’t know why these people are so concerned with what I’m writing. A different person calls me each time. It feels like I’m doing something wrong by writing this film,” he says, adding that the callers also probe him on topics completely unrelated to the storyline. “They want to know who is financing the film. When I refused to answer that question, they asked me if the opposition was financing it. Then they asked me whether what I had written was negative or positive.”
They even questioned the director about the National Award he recently received. “Almost everybody asks me whether I’m doing this film just because I won the Indira Gandhi Award For Best Debut Film by a Director,” says the agitated filmmaker. “I was never going to reveal the script to anyone till the film had gone on the floors. Now that everybody knows about it, I think I’m in trouble.” Chauhan had earlier directed Lahore (2010) and is currently working on Science Fiction, a movie helmed by international film technicians and FX experts. “I don’t know which party they are from, but my film is based on facts I gathered through my research. It’s not something I have made up. Once the script is ready, I will direct it,” he adds.