In a recent interview, upcoming movie Kedarnath's director Abhishek Kapoor revealed his real intention behind making this particular film. Just a day before its trailer launch, some politicians demanded a ban on the movie as they felt it would exploit a religion.
About Indian politicians trying hard to influence Indian cinema fimmaker Kapoor says the idea behind Kedarnath was not to arouse people against it but to create harmony.
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Abhishek Kapoor felt like telling the harmonious story of a Muslim porter carrying a Hindu pilgrim on his back. Kedarnath's director is also a firm believer of Lord Shiva and urges for those opposing the movie to have patience and faith in him.
A BJP leader had demanded a ban on Kedarnath for promoting Love Jihad. Kapoor told in a recent interview that he wasn't prepared for anything like this. “You do consider stuff like that can happen, but the idea is not to titillate them (audience) in a certain sense or the idea is not to create a controversy. This film is genuinely a very pure attempt to create harmony and more understanding amongst ourselves,” he said.
“One’s attempt is to do something (with a film) that has not been done before and you have to have some courage. To answer all those people out there who are sceptical, they should know that there is nothing that they should worry about. We have not made a film that will offend anyone. If at all, they will see each other with more understanding and more love. I would request them to have patience, to have faith in me because the way they love Hindu religion and want to protect it, I also want to do the same. I am also a follower of Lord Shiva and love Hindu religion like anyone else. Hence, I won’t do anything that will disappoint people,” Kapoor added.
Love Jihad controversy was not the only obstacle they had to face as there were many other hiccups as well throughout its making. After the fallout with producer Prernaa Arora, the movie's production fell into place after Ronnie Screwvala took over.
Abhishek also said in this interview that “There was fear and to put it lightly, they (the ones who were making it before) were just not qualified to run the show with me. They sounded pretty good in the beginning but in the longer run, I realised that they were not qualified for it. A movie has so many careers and so many lives at stake and once I am the owner of this film and I have brought the partner, I have to detach from them and secure my film. Tomorrow whatever the fate the movie will be -- whether it is a hit or a flop, people will like it or dislike it, but as a filmmaker and as a person who is going to carry this burden, my duty is to secure the film to the end.”
He commented on the story and cast of his forthcoming film, Kedarnath as well. “The intent is pure. The story is true and the characters and the actors have performed really well as I see it. The audience will decide what they have to decide but my conviction is pure," he said. “I never actually look at the cast before I have the story in place. The story did emerge first. As a kid, I used to go to Vaishno Devi very often and I didn’t have that much of faith then. So after my last movie, I had a trip there. On one such trips, to see a Muslim porter carrying a Hindu pilgrim on his back, was a vision. If you look at it and see what it stands for, it tells you what this country is all about,” director Abhishek Kapoor added.
Kedarnath is a love story set up against the backdrop of a pilgrimage and was earlier slated to release on November 30 but now it will be hitting the theatres on December 7.