Courtesy : Kabir Khan
A week ago, several media reports surfaced on the web stating that senior officials of Rashtra Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) had held meetings with streaming platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime to restrict content that was “anti-India” and “anti-Hindu”, and show stories that “represent real Indian culture and ethos” instead.
In relation to the same, Bollywood filmmaker Kabir Khan was asked whether writers and directors in the Hindi film industry were also being told to follow same diktats, at a panel discussion titled “Films as an agent of social change” at the ongoing Jio MAMI 21st Mumbai Film Festival, on Monday.
To which, he stated that he has not encountered something like this yet, but he won’t be surprised if one day he's pressured to make pro-India, pro-Hindu content.
“Nobody’s told me. But yes you’re absolutely right. The conditions are happening, one reads and hears about it. Strange sort of pressures does come on people. As of now, nothing’s come on me. I wouldn’t be surprised if someday somebody tries to pass this message on to me,” Khan said at the Film Festival.
"I think they know how I'll react so they aren't saying it right now. But yes, we are absolutely living in times where anything can be said," the director added.
Kabir Khan, who is known for having a strong political view, has helmed films like New York, Ek Tha Tiger, Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Tubelight, and Phantom among others and further stated that he will never step away from telling the right stories, and has no fear whatsoever.
"I don't have any fear. You have to keep doing things that you love and believe in. Be happy about what you are making and rest will fall into place," he said.
Furthermore, when asked whether he would consider making a political film in today’s time, Khan asserted that he likes to believe that he has already made hardcore political films.
“Bajrangi Bhaijaan is one of my most political films. Sometimes I'm surprised that it came at a time when there was a rise of right-wing when our society was getting fractured, the divisive politics had come into play. I sometimes get confused because I know there are certain people who are hardcore followers of certain divisive politicians that we have, but they tell me Bajrangi Bhaijaan is their favorite film, so how is that contradiction getting settled?” Kabir Khan concluded.
On the work front, his upcoming film ‘83 is a biopic based on the life of veteran cricketer Kapil Dev, which talks about the time India won the coveted World Cup in 1983 and stars Ranveer Singh in the titular role.