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Government has to protect film industry: Shyam Benegal

Filmmaker Shyam Benegal is saddened to see that director Karan Johar is being unnecessarily harassed for casting Pakistani actor Fawad Khan in “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil” (ADHM). Benegal wants the government to step in to protect the film industry which is particularly vulnerable.

“I am very saddened by what he had to say because the poor chap (Karan) is being unnecessarily harassed in a way because after all, over Rs.50 crore is at stake. What do you expect him to say?,” Benegal told IANS over phone from Mumbai.

“Film industry is particularly vulnerable. They (film fraternity) need to be protected from people who will threaten them or attack them. We cannot avoid these things. Government has to protect us against these kind of attacks,” added Benegal referring to several political outfits’ threats to multiplexes who will screen ADHM soon.

The filmmaker, who heads the government-appointed revamp panel of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), expressed his views to IANS after the latest turn of events when Karan broke his silence about the forthcoming film, which will release on October 28, two days before Diwali.

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