There's lawlessness in India: Filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj

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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 twice."

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 historic references.

The film, starring Kangana Ranaut, Saif Ali Khan and Shahid Kapoor, is releasing on Friday. 

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You are more than welcome to shift to our neighboring countries or other gulf countries where you will know what law and freedom means and how much India provides it but people like you from bollywood take it for granted and then crib when you are made aware of your mistakes. Too much freedom given to bollywood. Ask Trump uncle and he'll tell you more on freedom Vishal.

It would be an insult to India to be compared to it's neighbors, India is a democracy, they are NOT. Bravo to VB for telling it as it is. Others in Bollywood are too concerned about their bank account to oppose nonsensical policies. As to Trump you saw how ACLU took him to court and they put an end to his fascist travel ban. US is a country of laws and no one is above the law, not even the president.

As much as US is country of laws...it is also a country of flaws, just like India. There is corruption and lobbying in congress that puts corporation's and politician's interests above general public. India, together as a country needs to step up and not get into divisive politics which is what put people like Trump in the white house. There was (is) always general lawlessness in our country (India) irrespective of any political party. Bribery and corruption have become norms.

Good Morning! Seems like you've had a long sleep.

This man is a genius.

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