In today’s India, the mind is not without fear: Filmmaker Vikram Bhatt

For what? Also read: Meri Pyaari Bindu: Is Ayushmann Khurrana playing a neurotic in the film? “Karan Johar (filmmaker) and Pakistani actor (in context of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil featuring Pakistani actor Fawad Khan)… What happened to him? Why would he tweet? For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App now Having started his career with director Mukul Anand’s Kanoon Kya Karega, Bhatt also worked as chief assistant on the sets of cult classic Agneepath. In a nation where Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore wrote Where The Mind Is Without Fear — a stirring ode recited with immense pride by India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru — filmmaker Vikram Bhatt believes the golden words now are “unfortunately not true”. “Why should we come out and speak against some politician? Bhatt also cited the instance of filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali, who was assaulted by Shri Rajput Karni Sena activists in Jaipur and whose Padmavati set was vandalised in Kolhapur because the group was concerned about the content of the period drama. Who stands by whom? Nothing happens, nobody wants to protect us, so why should we be martyred? In the past few years, his filmography is dotted by horror movies and thrillers like Raaz, 1920 and Haunted – 3D. “The mind is without fear — that is unfortunately not true. You want to stop the film from releasing. 2017-04-13T16:55:57+00:00″>
Published:April 13, 2017 4:55 pm

Vikram Bhatt says in India law and the government don’t protect us. You want to slap Sanjay Leela Bhansali and vandalise his set. When something unjust happens in the country, why do Bollywood stars disappear? The mind is filled with fear. See pic
His recent projects are two new web series Spotlight and Gehraiyaan on Viu app, the video on demand service of Vuclip. Anybody can throw a stone at our house and break it. Let’s not compare Hollywood and Bollywood. Often, a question has been raised about why most celebrities in the Hindi film fraternity do not speak up on important issues of the country — and instead only tweet and write about the day-to-day events in their lives. “First make an atmosphere of freedom, of safety, of fearlessness — and then point fingers at people and ask why are they not giving their opinions. The film fraternity in Hollywood has always been very vocal about its opinions — be it on Donald Trump becoming the US President or the “white vs black” controversy in showbiz. I didn’t see anybody coming out in favour of Sanjay Leela Bhansali… No government person.”
The filmmaker — who is the grandson of filmmaker Vijay Bhatt, one of the pioneers of the Hindi film industry, and son of Pravin Bhatt, an acclaimed director of photography — says it is imperative to “make an atmosphere of safety and freedom”. You cannot police people and then expect them to say something,” said Bhatt, who has spent 25 years in the industry directing films and writing screenplays. Voicing concern on this, Bhatt said: “When we say something, you (people) want to burn the theatres. They are granted freedom to make a film and have documentaries made on 9/11, (former US President George W.) Bush, Christ… It would be an unfair comparison,” Bhatt told IANS. Bhatt says it would be unfair to draw that difference between Hollywood and Bollywood as in India, the “law and the government don’t protect us”. We are the entertainment industry, not the Red Cross. He has also turned novelist with A Handful of Sunshine, which explores the world of intense romance.