Mumbai, Director Anurag Kashyap says the Hindi film industry lacks integrity and that if Bollywood had united, the ruckus created by the Shiv Sena over Shah Rukh Khan’s “My Name is Khan” could have been avoided.
“If it is considered to be an industry, people should have unity among themselves. At least once, they should unite and show that we are working, we are also professionals. They never do that so these people dare and take advantage of it,” Kashyap told IANS.
The Shiv Sena had opposed the film’s release after Shah Rukh Khan refused to apologise for saying that Pakistani cricketers should have been included in the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) matches. Sena activists had vandalised several theatres in Mumbai that were to screen “My Name Is Khan”, which also stars Kajol.
“Bigger the star you fight with, higher the media attention you draw. They make use of it too. Nothing…you need not to go to Australia or Pakistan and die in their hands, stay in Mumbai, Shiv Sena will kill you,” said Kashyap, who has made films like “Black Friday” and “Dev D”.
Asked if he was tagging the Shiv Sena as terrorist, he said: “What to say…people are scared of them, they are pelting stones on cinema halls, breaking glasses, incurring damages. What is their standpoint?
“Shah Rukh Khan said that teams should be allowed to hire Pakistani players and they say that Pakistan had attacked us, how could Shah Rukh advocate their inclusion in the IPL teams? We are subjected to more attacks from insiders here. You need not go anywhere and have an unfortunate death, stay in Mumbai,” Kashyap added.