From Padmaavat to My Name Is Khan, Here's How Politics Has Proven To Be Bollywood's Biggest Villain
With filmmakers and theatre artists releasing a statement to vote against BJP, here's looking at some of the films that were targeted by political parties.
Undoubtedly, 2019 is the year of political films, with the likes of Uri, The Accidental Prime Minister, and Bal Thackeray hitting the screens in the first quarter of the year. With the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, the biopic on Narendra Modi has become a point of discussion. The film has touted controversy ever since its trailer was released. While political parties and politicians have denied that the films have any political agenda, the timing of all these films cannot be a mere coincidence.
Narendra Modi’s biopic was announced in January and the shooting began towards the end of the month. The film was even ready for release ahead of the elections, but the opposition raised an objection to its release, citing that it flouted the Model Code of Conduct. The makers of the film are now looking for a release on April 11, the first day of polling.
However, several times in the past, political interference in films have given filmmakers a tough time while shooting and releasing the film, and in the process have restricted the creativity of the filmmakers.
Here’s a look at some films that have been targeted by political parties:
Indian cinema including Bollywood and the regional films are together projected to generate theatrical revenues of around 150 billion rupees in 2016. As per a report in Forbes, the industry employs 1.83 million people and is the largest cinema industry in the world in terms of number of movies released per year.
Most of the film actors are accountable for being the highest paid tax-payers. Despite his heavy interference from the Government or any political party has often caused trouble for filmmakers with respect to treatment of their art and freedom of expression.
Therefore, it does not come as a surprise that several filmmakers and theatre artists have released a statement appealing people to vote against the BJP to “Save Democracy”.