No jingoism in 'Lakshya'


<a href='//www.bollywoodmantra.com/movie/lakshya/' title='Lakshya' class='' data-id='lakshya' id='article_tag_data_lakshya' style='display: inline-block;'><strong>Lakshya</strong></a>The million-dollar question is, does LAKSHYA have an anti-Pak theme? Is there a lot of Pak-bashing in the film? If so, what are its chances in the current scenario, when relations between the two nations [India, Pakistan] are at an all-time high?

“You cannot ignore history,” Javed Akhtar clarifies during the IIFA weekend in...
...Singapore, “Both India and Pakistan have attempted films that run down the other nation, so why single out Indian films? Indian films are more popular, they have a larger reach, may be that's why people feel that Indian films have gone all out to malign Pakistan.”

The writer of substance continues in the same breath, “LAKSHYA doesn't preach or propagate hatred. All the same, you cannot overlook facts. Today, we talk of the European Union, but can you ever deny World War II or alter history? Let me clarify, we haven't carried out changes in the film. On the contrary, the changes have taken place in the Indo-Pak relationship.”

Farhan Akhtar seconds that. “There's no jingoism in the film. A portion of the film deals with Operation Vijay [Kargil] issue and we've tried to be as factual as we can. The film tells the story from the army man's point of view.”

Javed Akhtar, who returns to script writing after a hiatus, feels that son Farhan has done complete justice to his script. “I haven't done any favours to my son. The thought [Operation Vijay] compelled me to write the script. Of course, he [Farhan] has paid me handsomely. But there's no denying that the visuals have only added to what I had penned on paper,” he smiles.

On his part, Farhan Akhtar denies that LAKSHYA is a semi-documentary film on the Indian Army. “It's not a recruitment film for the Indian Army,” says the talented director, “There has been a gap between DIL CHAHTA HAI and LAKSHYA only because I didn't come across a script that would motivate me. But when my father narrated this script, I connected with it instantaneously. Let's say, it was a case of the film finding me, instead of me finding the film.”

With DEV slated for release on June 11, LAKSHYA on June 18, DEEWAAR on June 25 and KYON! HO GAYA NA…! on July 2, isn't there an overdose of Bachchan starrers in the market? Won't that cut into each other's business? “Had I been a Hrithik Roshan, then yes, the producers had every reason to press the panic button. But I am a mere character actor,” Bachchan Sr. states modestly, “In any case, films find their own audience. At the end of the day, it is the movie that works.”

Ironically, while Bachchan has worked with Javed Akhtar in 14/15 films so far, his screen name in a majority of films has been Vijay. In LAKSHYA, it is Sunil Damle. “But he's a part of Operation Vijay, so it's Vijay yet again,” says Javed Akhtar. Now, that's quite a coincidence, isn't it?

This writer witnessed portions [songs and some scenes] of the film after this tête-à-tête.