Politics is no deep seen as a taboo in Hindi movies, holds director Kabir Khan, many of whose movies deal with thorny, contemporary issues. The director of the upcoming movies Tubelight stresses that it is important for him to give a civil context to the stories that he deals with. “When I used to watch Bollywood films, I would struggle with the fact that our cinema was set in La La Land, with no social or political context. So I decided that whenever I make a film, I’ll try to put some context about what’s happening,” Khan, the maker of such movies as Kabul Express and the mega-hit Bajrangi Bhaijaan.
The success of his projects indicates that audiences welcome such movies, he points out. “Fortunately for me, all of the films have done well so that means the audience is also enjoying them. In the beginning, there used to be a taboo and people would say, ‘Oh, don’t put politics in your movies; the audience don’t watch it.’ But if you engage them through your characters, they are ready to follow any politics or the world you’ve created,” he adds.