Vidhu Vinod Chopra says he is uncompromising when it comes to making films, whether it’s 3 Idiots, Munna Bhai or currently released Shikara.
Vidhu Vinod Chopra was interacting with the media on the sidelines of his visit to KC College to promote ‘Shikara’ along with Aadil Khan and Sadia on Tuesday in Mumbai.
While talking about filmmaking and his approach, Chopra said, “Chopra said that he never compromised on anything while making films in his career, he said, “All my life I have never made a compromise on films which I made whether it is ‘3 Idiots’ or ‘Munna Bhai’ series or ‘Shikara’. In every film, I tried and give you guys’ a message. In ‘Munna Bhai’, I talked about ‘Jaadu Ki Jhappi’ and in ‘3 Idiots’; I gave critical advice to students that ‘chase excellence success will follow’. I am happy to say that many lives changed with that film.”
Further adding, Vinod Chopra expressed that his recently released film, Shikara, talks about uniting despite all the negative press.
He said, “In ‘Shikara’, we have a message which says ‘don’t break, unite’ because we are at stage in life where it is becoming a norm ‘don’t unite, break’. Everything is breaking be it systems or cities so, I would urge you to watch this film and spread the message of this film because you (students) are the future. If you like the films then go to social media and fix that rubbish (criticism about Shikara) and if you don’t like the film then also remember message of the film.”
After the release of ‘Shikara’, certain section of people accused Chopra of commercialising the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits in his recently released film but filmmaker quips the movie is close to his heart.
He said, “This is a very special film and this film talks about events which happened even before all of you (students) were born. Around 30 years back, four lakhs Kashmiris were thrown out of their home land and my mother was one of them. I am technically a refugee in my own country because I am from Kashmir.”
Shikara is produced and directed by Vidhu Vinod Chopra, starring newbie Aadil Khan and Sadia. The film is based on the Exodus of Kashmiri Hindus from Kashmir.