Noted filmmaker, Vivek Agnihotri, in a recent chat with DNA, candidly shared his evolved perspectives and how they have influenced his approach to cinema. Formerly identifying with leftist ideologies, Agnihotri has, over the past few years, taken a turn towards right-wing politics.
Addressing criticisms regarding his shifting views, Vivek isn’t perturbed by those who brand him a hypocrite based on his past remarks. He humorously mentioned wanting to send critics chocolates as a token of gratitude. He believes that such criticisms affirm that he is evolving. “If by 2024 or 2025, during ‘Delhi Files’ promotions, I echo the same thoughts as today, it would be a reflection of my stagnancy. I aim for growth and change every day,” the filmmaker stated.
Shedding light on his cinematic journey, Agnihotri admitted that his approach to storytelling has undergone a transformation with time and experience. He attributes this to his extensive travels across the country, which exposed him to a plethora of untold tales. The director lamented that overlooking such stories is an injustice that Indian filmmakers have perpetuated.
In a bold statement, Agnihotri criticized eminent personalities in the film industry, such as Karan Johar and Shah Rukh Khan. He claimed that their kind of cinema has been detrimental to India’s cultural ethos. Emphasizing the importance of genuine narratives, he opined that truthful storytelling took a backseat post the release of Amitabh Bachchan’s ‘Shehanshah’.
With these revelations, Agnihotri has indeed highlighted the dynamic nature of perspectives and the critical role cinema plays in reflecting and molding societal values.