Recent attacks on
My Name Is Khan
and frequent protests in Mumbai by right wing groups against Bollywood films are making the film fraternity contemplate on whether it is time the film industry considered shifting base out of the city, and look at other options such as Delhi.
“If this drama and protest against Hindi films continues, I feel Film City in Noida may find a lot more business,” says actress Gul Panag. Savita Raj, who made
Khosla Ka Ghosla
, says, “I’ve been telling Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit that Delhi should have its own film destination since 80 percent of the industry has north Indians.” When asked what he thinks about Bollywood shifting base to another city, actor Irrfan Khan, says, “It is not a bad thought.”
However, not everybody feels the same way. “Shifting Bollywood to another city is not a solution. That won’t curb the problem, but just subside it temporarily,” says actor Rahul Bose. Neeraj Pandey, director of A Wednesday says, “Why should we run? We should stay and fight for our rights.”
Most feel better security is the need of the hour. “We want to feel safe and protected, throughout the country and not just in one state,” says filmmaker Vipul Shah. Actress Chitrangada Singh says, “The central government should step in against people who are threatening the core of what India stands for.”