Acclaimed filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj feels that one can get away with anything in India, and says "there is no respect for law and no law enforcement" in the country.
Asked about the law situation in the country, Bhardwaj said during an interview on news channel CNN-News18: "There's lawlessness in this country, you can get away with anything. There's no respect for law, you can get away with anything, there's no law enforcement. Till the time there's no fear of the law, then nothing can happen."
Bhardwaj has time and again picked a rustic lingo to add power
to his cinema. In an IANS interview in the past, the National
Award-winning filmmaker had reacted strongly to diktats on film
content by the Central Board of Film Certification. He had said
that the censor board behaves "like the Taliban" and that the body
should be "chopped off".
Now he says that filmmakers need to be protected by the
Information and Broadcasting ministry.
He said: "If a film is censored by the CBFC -- a government
body, then how and why should anyone from a village corner sue us
directly? We should be indemnified by the state. After the
certificate is issued, there should be a tribunal and you can go
directly to the tribunal and sue over there. That person will not
come to Delhi and many things will be taken care of.
"Once my film went to the censor board and one of the members
told me, 'The problem with your films is that your films look real
and that's scary... We don't want to see the mirror'."
On being asked if he could have released the movie Haider today,
he said: "No, no way... these are the times that we think twice
before saying anything and even saying this we think
For now, the multi-talented Bhardwaj -- a writer, singer,
composer, director and producer -- is excited for his forthcoming
directorial Rangoon. The period drama is set in the 1940s amidst
the turmoil of India's independence struggle, and includes some
The film, starring Kangana Ranaut, Saif Ali Khan and Shahid Kapoor, is releasing on Friday.