Kolkata, July 27 (Calcutta Tube / IBNS) Bollywood actors Amitabh Bachchan and Manoj Bajpai, along with filmmaker Prakash Jha, visited Kolkata on Wednesday (July 27, 2011) to promote the upcoming Hindi film ‘Aarakshan‘.
Bollywood filmmaker Prakash Jha on Wednesday promoted his upcoming Hindi film ‘Aarakshan’ which deals with the issue of reservation of seats in educational institutions throughout the country.
Jha, who had previously made films like ‘Gangajal’ and ‘Rajneeti’ on other controversial issues, has created a celluloid saga portraying how the Supreme Court order enforcing a total reservation of 49.5% in higher educational institutions has affected India and its people.
He said, “Reservation is a truth and it is a part of our society. Through this film we strive to promote a kind of understanding of the issue.”
“It deals with centuries of pain being inflicted upon certain parts of society and also the sudden pain that the other part of society feels which finds its opportunities curtailed,” he added.
Veteran Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan, who plays the role of the protagonist ‘Prabhakar Anand’ in the film, said, “This is my first issue based film and it has been a great educational experience for me.”
Upon query, Jha informed that the film which has been shot in Bhopal in just two months is scheduled to be released simultaneously in 1900 cinema halls throughout the nation on 12th August.
He added to it by saying, “It was a very difficult film to make but it was an amazing experience to have made this film.”
On being quizzed Amitabh stated that his personal views on reservation are echoed through the voice of his character in the film.
He said, “I look at the issue from the viewpoint of the character in the film and like him I believe equal opportunity should be given to everyone.”
“I have never been brought up in an environment taught me the differences in caste, creed, colour, race or religion,” he added.
On being probed about the controversy the film has already raised among certain people of the society who claim it undermines the Dalit class of people, Jha assured that he has not done anything to anger any section of the society.
He remarked, “When you do a film like this there are going to be many different viewpoints but believe me I will not do anything to infuriate any community or individual.”
“This film was reviewed by the censor board and they have given a certificate without a single cut,” he added.
Amitabh explained that while he plays the role of the principal still it is in no way comparable to the role of his in ‘Mohabattein’.
“Mohabattein was about an event and this is an issue based film. This is totally different,” he remarked.
Upon inquiry Jha informed that the political and social controversy regarding the recent issue of the Lokpal bill is a potent matter and he may experiment upon the topic.
“You can currently see the real players in action everywhere in the country but it is an interesting topic,” he remarked.
(Reporting by Arnab Chakraborty)
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