Ashutosh Gowariker: One cannot include every part of history in their film

Ashutosh Gowariker has recently faced threats over possible misrepresentation of history in his upcoming film Panipat.
Written By Abhivyakti Seshanand | Updated: November 24, 2019 13:24 IST
Ashutosh Gowariker: One cannot include every part of history in their film

Reports say that around 200 policemen had deployed for security reasons. Gowariker was present alongside the film's cast, Arjun Kapoor and Kriti Sanon, and the music director duo Ajay-Atul, for the launch of the song Mann main Shiva.

The filmmaker was open to questions and even clarified each of them. He said, “ Whenever we make something on history in a film, it is natural that question will arise over what part of the story had included and what had excluded from the script. A history book contains so many pages of information, but one cannot fit everything into a film. It has to be within a time frame. So people had doubts if the contribution of their family had showcased in the film. The contribution of people like Mallar Rao Holkar, Jankoji Shinde, Maharaj Ji Shinde, Balwant Rao Mahendre Alkaji Mankeswar, Purandare among many others is the part of the film. So we have cleared the doubts and now it is all fine.”
When asked if the protestors do object do so for fame, he said, “I do not think so. We are living in a digital age where, through social media, we can comment on anything immediately. So, the reactions that are coming in are important and if there is any misconception, clarifying is also important."
After the trailer of Panipat has released, its comparison had drawn with Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s period dramas, especially Bajirao Mastani. “ The comparison is natural because when I made Jodhaa Akhbar, they compared it with Mughal-E-Azam, although there was no connection at all, apart from the fact that it bases in the Mughal period. When it comes to Panipat, the film talks of Sadashiv Rao Bhau, the next generation of Peshwa Bajirao. Sadashiv Rao Bhau was the son of Chimaji Appa, the brother of Bajirao. So, it is only normal that their clothing, appearance, houses would seem similar,” the filmmaker said.
Gowariker took around one-and-a-half years to write the script of the film. "I have had all these actors in mind and I am fortunate to get them on-board," he said, referring to Arjun, Kriti and Sanjay Dutt.
Panipat hits theatres on December 5.