Freedom of speech is a big lie in our country: Karan Johar
Karan Johar writes exclusively for HT Café in support of Kamal Haasan whose film is mired in controversy. The filmmaker says creative artistes have always been at the receiving end of some people...Updated: Feb 01, 2013 19:42 IST
These kinds of incidents and events can only be called ridiculous and heinous, especially when the Censor Board has cleared the film. I wonder then why we call ourselves a democracy. That we have freedom of speech is written in our constitution but it’s a big lie in our country.
Looking at what’s happening around Vishwaroopam, I remember the tough times that I faced around the release of My Name Is Khan (2010). But at that time, Shah Rukh (Khan) and I had each other’s support, and that came in as a huge help. Most
importantly, when people turned up and showed their support (by watching the movie), it was heartening for all of us.
Also, I feel that celebrities do end up becoming soft targets because they have arguably the maximum reach and impact on people, minus any real power. So the powerful clique know that if they target celebs, they will instantly make news and easily end up featuring on front pages of newspapers and appearing on TV channels. I would only call it an unfortunate occupational hazard.
In fact, these days, I am attentive when it comes to choosing my film’s subjects.
I am always worried about who I have to fight a court case against if I choose a particular storyline. As an Indian citizen, I should have complete freedom of speech, but instead I think about who is going to drag me to the courts. Ideally, the government should look at us in a trusting manner. We are just selling our stories and ideas and let me insist that we will never attempt anything
outrageous that will offend anyone in this country.
Celebs express their support on twitter
Hope each and every fan of his supports him like I am doing…go stand out side the cinema hall and insist on seeing the film, its a movie dude, entertainment, what law and order problem on a movie?…Go there insist that you wanna see it, there is a Supreme Court judgement after the film is censored no body can stop it..
Ok, I’m confused. So are we in the film industry even meant to bother getting our films censored? Or work according to their guidelines?
I’ve had the privilege of being born into an artistic family and my father is one of my greatest inspirations as an artist. Its so saddening
for me to see this day as a daughter...Love you bapu, we are with you..
As a former Censor Board Chief I strongly condemn banning of Kamal Haasan’s #Vishwaroopam. We as the people of India
are shamelessly spineless.