Sanjay Leela Bhansali intent not to create storm says Shekhar Kapur

Vastavam web: Filmmaker Shekhar Kapur today said Sanjay Leela Bhansali did not make his upcoming film “Padmavati” with an intent to rake up a storm that has the country in its clutches today.Featuring Deepika Padukone in the title role, Bhansali’s period drama is facing the wrath of various Rajput groups and political leaders, who have accused the director of “distorting historical facts”.The director, who received global acclaim for his films such as “Bandit Queen”, and movies on the British monarch Queen Elizabeth I – “Elizabeth” and “Elizabeth: The Golden Age”, recalled his run-ins with controversy.
Shekhar said when he was making the first Elizabeth (featuring Cate Blanchett) movie, there were constant statements in the media, criticising him for his portrayal of the queen.”Here comes an Indian director who has shown our virgin queen in bed with I said, “It was 400 years ago, how did you know she was a virgin? Were you there every time?” he quipped.Shekhar also revealed he had “changed” the speech Queen Elizabeth was supposed to have delivered to inspire 5,000 of her troops at Tilbury in wake of an expected invasion by the Spanish Armada.
“Everybody said, ‘How come you did that? That’s not what she said’. (But) I said, she was sitting on a horse that was frisky. There was a storm coming in. How did 5,000 people listen to her without a loudspeaker? Who said those words? The person standing next to her could not hear what she was saying.”History is a constant interpretation of facts, I’m not saying it’s wrong… This is how history works. In India, till the British came, we believed in mythology, not in history…
“What’s our history? Gandhiji today is a saint for us.He’s not a man, he is a great man (mahatma). The sense of history in India is a moral tale, it’s not a factual tale