Sudhir Mishra Breaks Down over Viral Fake Video

Sudhir Mishra Breaks Down over Viral Fake Video

Sudhir Mishra, acclaimed filmmaker, was the subject of a witchhunt over a video that showed him getting beaten up

Celebrated filmmaker Sudhir Mishra is inconsolably upset over a viral video which shows a man apparently resembling Sudhir, being manhandled by the cops for violating the lockdown rules. A day after the fake news broke out, Sudhir seemed  monstrously upset. In fact, he broke down during our conversation.  “The fact that someone decided to entertain himself by putting out this video claiming I was being roughed up by the cops is not a big deal. We’re in the times of digital excesses in social media where no one is spared. Why should I be? No. What bothered me is that my friends in the film industry or rather, my so-called  friends, actually believed that  it was  me being beaten  up in  the video. I had them gleefully calling me  up asking me, ‘Arrey woh tu hai?!’ I banged the phone on them. F..k it,man! If you think I am the kind of guy who can be randomly beaten up on the street then what have I earned  from this industry after so  many years?”

Angry and upsets Sudhir sobs, “I disown this industry. Sure, I’ve some friends like Hansal Mehta, Anubhav Sinha and Anurag Kayshap. But a large section of  the industry is wary of me because I hold political views  opposed to theirs. They enjoyed the thought of me being beaten  up. Earlier too, the film industry had separate political ideologies. Raj Kapoor Saab was never a Congress-I man but no one wished him ill for that. No one wished ill for anyone. Manoj Kumar said, ‘I want everyone’s film to do well. But I want my film to do a little better.’ Wasn’t that an endearingly honest confession? Of course we want that we should be a little ahead of  the others. But now if you don’t adhere to the popular ideology, you are hated by the film industry.”

The enormously acclaimed director of such films as Yeh Woh Manzil Toh Nahin, Iss Raat Ki Subah Nahin. Dharavi, Main Zinda Hoon, Hazaaron Khwahishein Aisi and Chameli, feels there was a  plan to denigrate him through the video. “It is  is very disturbing how widely the video was circulated even to my friends from outside the film industry. It was as though some people wanted everyone to believe  that person in the video was me, when in fact you only had to zoom to the face to see  it was not me. It couldn’t be! Do you think I’d stand there taking lathi  blows?”

Now when another person has come forward to rectify the identity of  the  chap in the video Sudhir wonders why so much hatred  is being darted at him.  “I’ve never threatened to return my National award, like some of my colleagues. Why should I return it? It was given to me by Adoor Gopalkrishnan.”

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