Calling Sehmat's author Harinder Sikka on Meghna Gulzar's Raazi: It was the biggest blunder as she changed the narrative

Harinder Sikka says it was the biggest blunder to let Meghna Gulzar direct his book 'Calling Sehmat'; Read on
Written By Saumya Bansal | Updated: July 26, 2020 15:28 IST
Calling Sehmat's author Harinder Sikka on Meghna Gulzar's Raazi: It was the biggest blunder as she changed the narrative

Meghna Gulzar's Raazi starring Alia Bhatt was the biggest blockbuster of 2018. The film which was made upon Harinder Sikka's book Calling Sehmat had a changed narrative, which the author now points out in his recent interview. Harinder, while talking to a leading tabloid, says it was the biggest blunder to let Meghna make a film on his book. He revealed that the director has changed three important narratives in the film. "The first one was her pro-Pakistani approach. As per the book, when Sehmat kills Abdul, there’s a dialogue, ‘I’m sorry Abdul, but I love my country more’. Meghna removed this dialogue completely. She found it pro India? Sehmat came back to India to a royal red carpet welcome, saluted the tricolour while the military band played the National Anthem. Meghna removed the scene and instead brought her back in a depressed state, as if to show that a Kashmiri Muslim woman had done a mistake in fighting for her watan, India," he said.

 
When asked why he didn't raise his voice against Meghna then, Harinder said he raised his voice "but after a few of my interviews came out, I received a death threat on social media”. He further added, "Mr Gulzar requested me to make Meghna the director of the film adaptation of my book. Given my respect for him, I made a promise. Prior to closing the deal with a production house, there was a meeting between me, Akshay and Meghna. I was supposed to co-produce the film with Akshay, but because I had gone into serious financial trouble with my first film Nanak Shah Fakir, I couldn’t do it."
 
He also complained about the change in the attitude of Meghna after the film. "Meghna would uncle me,’uncle this, uncle that’, and when she was signed for Raazi, she soon began changing colours. Soon after the shooting ended, following the plan, she sent me a nasty WhatsApp message, cutting off all relations,” he recounts.
 


CREDITS: HT


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