KOLKATA: National Award winning filmmaker Srijit Mukherji has said India has turned into a nation of offended people and getting offended has sort of become a national pastime. Srijit, the director of ‘Begum Jaan’ said this while speaking at the Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet here yesterday evening.
“It has become a national pastime, what you are doing today I am getting offended – that kind of thing. In case I take up certain work my plea will be don’t burn us, don’t behead us, he said.
“If you troll us fine, may be there can be a peaceful demonstration in front of our house, this much,” Srijit said, referring to the protests and agitation over screening of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Padmaavat’ in many parts of the country, indirectly. Speaking about adaptations from literary works, he said, “I think there had been films which were better than book.
I can name some such as ‘Meghe Dhaka Tara’ and ‘Saptapadi’ and I think in such cases the film fraternity has redeemed itself.” He also said that if you are dealing with a story you should stick to its essence.