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'Dhokha' is my first political film: Mahesh Bhatt

Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt, who scripted his daughter's latest film 'Dhokha' that puts the spotlight on terrorists and the fear in which Indian Muslims live, says this is his first political film.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007 | 9:36:07 AM IST (+05:30 GMT)
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<a href=Mahesh Bhatt & Pooja Bhatt" src="http://www1.india-forums.com/bollywood/images/uploads/mahesh_pooja_dokha.jpg" align="right" border="" hspace="5" vspace="5"> Mumbai, Sep 11 (IANS) Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt, who scripted his daughter's latest film 'Dhokha' that puts the spotlight on terrorists and the fear in which Indian Muslims live, says this is his first political film.

'I've co-written with Shagufta Rafiq. As a Muslim, she shares the dread and fears of the Indian Muslim,' Bhatt, who has taken a break from direction, told IANS.

Starring newcomer Muzamil Ibrahim as a police officer along with Tulip Joshi, who plays his wife and suicide bomber, the disturbing drama got favourable reviews from the critics.

Asked him does he feel Islam is being misinterpreted, Bhatt said: 'Islam is a religion that doesn't condone the massacre of the innocent. Once the Prophet was asked what's the most blessed thing. He answered, to tell the truth to the oppressive ruler.'

Bhatt, who has stopped directing films, made meaningful films like 'Saraansh', 'Arth', 'Kaash', 'Naam', 'Daddy' and 'Zakhm'.

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Q: 'Dhokha', which you've written, sounds an alarmist note about the isolation of Muslims in India.

Dhokha A: This sounds alarmist. But it's a reality brought on by the delaying tactics of the bureaucracy and the apathy of the police force, and not just after communal riots and post 9/11. This has been the case for a long time. But the apathy has been legitimised after King Bush (US president George W. Bush) turned his guns on the Muslims.

 I feel the worst terrorist in the world doesn't live in Afghanistan, he lives in the White House. It's sad that our country has chosen to tie our apron strings to his policies. I shudder to think what price we'll have to pay for our affinity to Bush. I guess slavery comes in very attractive packages. The affluent elite has legitimised this kind of slavery. I'm willing to hang Osama on the streets of Mumbai provided you first let me hang Bush. According to me, they're both terrorists of the worst kind.

Q: Your writing in 'Dhokha' is patently political?

A: 'Dhokha' is my first political film, which I've co-written with Shagufta Rafiq. As Mulism she shares the dread and fears of the Indian Muslim.

Q: Do you feel Islam is being misinterpreted?

A: Islam is a religion that doesn't condone the massacre of the innocent. Once the Prophet was asked what's the most blessed thing. He answered, to tell the truth to the oppressive ruler.

'Dhokha' shows the mirrors to those brutes posing as custodians of Islam. It also put the government in the dock. Historically, government is the primary violator of human rights. First the government has to do some soul-searching before taking on terrorism. There cannot be peace without justice.


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Posted on: 12 September 2007 at 10:55pm
thnx 4 the nice article

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Posted on: 12 September 2007 at 1:06pm
Good article/pictures.
Thanks.

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Posted on: 12 September 2007 at 8:26am
thnx for the article...

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Posted on: 11 September 2007 at 8:55pm
Raj ChopraI was just curious. Wasn't this film offered to Raj Chopra from Zee Cine stars. Don't see his name in any one of the credits. Any idea?

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Posted on: 11 September 2007 at 1:43pm
Great movieI watched the movie yesterday and can't get it out of my mind. Great movie. I recommed it to anyone. The movie indeed is spreading the right messages and more of these types of movies should be made.
Jessi

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Posted on: 11 September 2007 at 7:47am
Great article.I think people like Mahesh ji and pooja bhatt are spreading right messages to India and all over the world.I request to all to watch Dhoka.

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Posted on: 11 September 2007 at 7:16am
Answerthanx for the artical
very true said pooja

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