Prakash Jha to make film on creative freedom

MUMBAI: Inspired with his stints at the Supreme Court vis-a-vis the ban on his film Aarakshan by the UP government and the aftermath, filmmaker Prakash Jha has decided to make a film on creative freedom and the efforts to muzzle the artiste through extra-constitutional means.

Jha‘s experience of battling various organisations and the UP government for the release of Aarakshan has inspired a script on the subject. "Why are we filmmakers constantly subjected to efforts to stifle our voices? I was provoked enough to go to the Supreme Court. A lot of filmmakers just succumb to pressure and make whatever adjustments are required of them. We shouldn‘t allow this to happen,"Jha said.

According to the filmmaker, the Supreme Court‘s decision to lift the ban imposed on Aarakshan was historic. However, there is no sense of triumph in the victory, since the failure to release the film in Uttar Pradesh along with other states on 12 August resulted in huge losses.

The director is happy he fought the ban. "There‘s a lesson for all filmmakers. We should not buckle under pressure. My film is not the first to face hurdles from state governments after being censored by the central board of certification. The film industry needs to collectively fight pressures from the outside," he asserted.

Meanwhile it is learnt that Jha and Amitabh Bachchan will soon collaborate again on the former’s next film, Satyagraha, that will take on the issue of corruption in Indian politics.

Scheduled to go on the floors in January, the film will address the ethos of a peaceful mass protest against corruption and will have Bachchan play a Anna Hazare-styled crusader who takes on the establishment in his fight against corruption.

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