Aditi Rao Hydari: A filmmaker is a storyteller, can’t curb his desire to tell a story
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Aditi Rao Hydari: A filmmaker is a storyteller, can’t curb his desire to tell a story

Actor Aditi Rao Hydari slams haters and those who make Bollywood films a soft target for accusations. She believes it’s important to oppose such people.

bollywood Updated: Jun 23, 2017 20:01 IST
Yashika Mathur
Yashika Mathur
Hindustan Times
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Actor Aditi Rao Hydari condemns those who make Bollywood a soft target for accusations.

Actor Aditi Rao Hydari doesn’t believe in mincing words and takes a stand for something she feels strongly about, especially when it comes to the film industry. The actor has condemned the attack [earlier this year] on Bollywood filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali by Karni Sena, on the sets of his next film Padmavati. Bhansali was accused of distorting the facts in his period drama.

“I don’t know if they are taking it lightly, but this is some kind of misplaced notion. A filmmaker is a storyteller and you cannot curb somebody’s desire to tell a story. That’s not fair. We should be proud of filmmakers such as Sanjay sir and Mani (Ratnam) sir and give them chance to make films because they create cinematic history,” says Aditi, who is part of Bhansali’s Padmavati.

“I have been brought up in an environment, where we were given artistic freedom and scope for speaking your mind. I find it difficult to understand the reason behind such violence and curbing freedom of expression,” she says.

The 30-year-old actor believes that the only solution to fight a violent mind is to stand together. “I think more people should come together, and not let bullies harm us. This way, nothing can come in our way of making good films. There is so much power in believing in the other person’s vision and standing by him or her. There is great energy in that and if we do that, hopefully we will stop becoming soft targets,” says Aditi, who has worked in films such as Yeh Saali Zindagi (2011), Guddu Rangela (2015) and Wazir (2016).

She also adds that artists—be it in Bollywood or any other industry—would never resort to violence to give it back to the bullies. “Ultimately, we are artists and we don’t want to scream and shout at anybody. We also want love. We are creating something [films] with so much passion and we don’t want to be subjected to violence,” she signs off.

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First Published: Jun 23, 2017 19:58 IST