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Film scripts should not be censored, says Madhur Bhandarkar

The National Film Archive of India (NFAI) main theatre was packed with audience eager to ask questions to the director.

pune Updated: Jan 28, 2018 23:43 IST
Prachi Bari
Prachi Bari
Hindustan Times, Pune
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Madhur Bhandarkar. (Sanket Wankhade/HT PHOTO)

Screening of the film Indu Sarkar and an interaction with director-producer Madhur Bhandarkar turned out to be the highlight of the 8th Asian Film Festival held on Sunday.

The National Film Archive of India (NFAI) main theatre was packed with audience eager to ask questions to the director.

When asked about the realistic nature of his films, Bhandarkar said, “I respect and feel the censor board is supreme and feel that scripts should not be censored. I show a mirror to the society through my films.”

He began the interactions with a flashback of his entry into the world of cinema, from having a simple videocassette rental shop to becoming a sought-after and much talked about film director.

“I am scouting for new scripts and taking it easy after the controversy around my film Indu Sarkar,” he said.

He drew parallels with the kind of controversy surrounding Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat.

“It is a very good film and Deepika Padukone has acted exceptionally well. I always supported the film and these kind of issues with censorship have always been there.

“Good films in the past have also had to undergo the axe with censors.”

Political and historical films have always faced social censorship. “Films are supposed to be a medium of entertainment, but in the past 10 years, with the social media, people have become more vocal and open about their opinion,” added Bhandarkar.

The director-producer said that despite being a part of the film industry, he is very detached and prefers travelling, researching or simply reading a book instead of being a part of the glamour.

First Published: Jan 28, 2018 23:43 IST