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Director Tigmanshu Dhulia on 'Raagdesh'.

Summary: Says it's a positive movie about the Red Fort trials in 1945


Director Tigmanshu Dhulia says there's no scope of controversy with his film Raagdesh , which is based on the 1945 Red Fort trials.

On Thursday, the Raagdesh team launched the film's trailer in Mumbai. At the event, Dhulia was asked if it's an anti-Congress film as the party is not currently in power. (Other movies that do not show the party in a favourable light such as 31st October , which is about the 1984 Sikh riots, and Indu Sarkar , on the Emergency period, are releasing one after the other.) Dhulia said: "I will not comment on other films. But I am sorry that in this film [ Raagdesh ], you will not get any controversy, because when Britishers gave life sentence to three Indian National Army (INA) soldiers, each of them was a Hindu, Sikh and Muslim."

"That time, Congress Party, Muslim League, Hindu Maha Sabha and Akali Dal came together like never before in the history of India to protest against their life sentence. So, there is nothing like anti-Congress in this film. It's a very positive film. This film is about INA, court trials and Subhas Chandra Bose because many people don't know what exactly Bose actually did for this country."

"Through this film, we are trying to show whether INA [members] were traitors or heroes of our country."

This is the first time that Rajya Sabha TV is producing a commercial film.

Asked about the channel backing Raagdesh , Dhulia said: "We have shot this film at the Red Fort, we shot this film at Rashtrapati Bhavan... It was all possible because we had Rajya Sabha's backing."

Dhulia wants Prime Minister Narendra Modi to watch the film, and he hopes to organise a special screening.

The film, featuring Kunal Kapoor, Amit Sadh and Mohit marwah in lead roles, is releasing on July 28.

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Date:Jul 1, 2017
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