Published:November 17, 2017 4:20 am
Gajendra Chauhan in New Delhi on Thursday. “If Syama Prasad Mookerjee had not been in West Bengal at that time, it is possible that West Bengal would not have been a part of India. “When I saw the mirror, I could not recognise myself,” Chauhan said. Chauhan added that the film had run into trouble with the censor board and some lines had to be eliminated. There is namaz as well as reading of the Hanuman Chalisa. Chauhan said he had been apprehensive about not fitting into the personality of Mookerjee when director Milan Bhowmik approached him for the role, but the make-up artistes did a good job with his looks. He followed this up with visits to the Dr Syama Prasad Mookerjee Research Foundation in Kolkata, and speaking to people an copying his actions from photographs. Hindustan asli kya hota hai woh aapko mere ghar mean dekhne ko milega (What Hindustan really is, you will see in my home),” he said. He said: “FTII mein kuchh kaam karne ka sabse kam mauka mila aur maine sabse zyada kaam kiya (I got little time to do work in FTII but did the most).”
He added: “If I had not been chairman for one year and two months, the diploma would never have been converted into a masters degree. The film’s trailer is replete with communal violence and has dialogues containing allegations against Jawaharlal Nehru. I brought in a new course, new system and new staff, new director and new registrar. “The film has been passed by the Censor Board. I brought in new security, had studios built. This is wrong. “I feel the censor board should consult historians when historical films are under consideration,” he said, alluding to 1946: Calcutta Killings as well as Padmavati. The film, 1946: Calcutta Killings, documents the riots between the Hindu and Muslim communities in West Bengal, called the Great Calcutta Killings, during the Partition. There was a two-year gap, and I started a new batch in 2016. In 2014 and 2015, the institute was closed and there were no admissions. The film is expected to release around December 22. It would have become a part of Pakistan,” Chauhan said in Delhi’s Constitution Club, a short distance from Parliament. Chauhan’s stormy tenure as FTII chief ended in October. My wife is from the Muslim community. Adding that he was associated with the BJP, Chauhan said he was inspired by Mookerjee’s idea of “one Constitution, one country”. (Express Photo: Renuka Puri)
Actor Gajendra Chauhan, who had a tumultuous tenure as chief of the Film and Television Institute of India, will appear on the big screen as Dr Syama Prasad Mookerjee, the founder of the Bharatiya Jana Sangh that is the BJP’s parent. “I felt that, somehow, he didn’t get any credit,” the actor said. If you come to my house, you will see the Hanuman Chalisa and the Quran. In one scene, a Muslim girl reading the Hanuman Chalisa has it snatched from her hand by her father. A Muslim person is a part of us. The hostel is 50 years old and I… got an approval in principle from the Ministry that a new hostel would be built.”
For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App We have come to you after getting a Censor certificate,” said Chauhan, “The mistake is when we tell Muslims of India to go to Pakistan.