Ashutosh Gowariker defends “unrealistic” claims on ‘Mohenjo Daro’


Ashutosh Gowariker

Ashutosh Gowariker isn’t having the best of successes recently, with his recent release ‘Mohenjo Daro’ (2016). With claims of the film being unrealistic in terms of the era that the film is based from, Gowariker has backed his corner and expressed, how he took all the right precautions to ensure, the film was as realistic as possible.

“Many critics and viewers have pointed out that the costumes are not from that era (2016 BC) and the dialect was not right. But, I urge people not to pay heed to such details. We prepared everything having consulted with archaeologists and have tried to keep it as real as possible,” NDTV reported the filmmaker stating.

Taking the criticism in his stride however, Gowariker spoke about how he is still happy with what he made. “Everyone worked really hard and we’d hoped that the audience will appreciate our efforts. My main motive was to bring on celluloid the beauty and charm of a period left unexplored. This is a matter of national identity which hasn’t been showcased in cinema before. I collected information from archaeologists, but wrote the screenplay keeping in mind the human element, blending fact with fiction,” he expressed.

The film stars Hrithik Roshan and debutdant Pooja Hegde who has been applauded for her efforts. Very well known for his period drama films, Gowariker went on to explain, “When I make period films, people ask why I don’t move out of that genre. When I try my hand at normal films like ‘What’s Your Rashee’ (2009), people say I should concentrate on period films only. I don’t want to blame the audience; I did that earlier in my career, but over the years, I have realised that the audience is always right. I try to internalise their feedback. I want to figure out what went wrong and why so that I can fix it in future.”

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