News|November 17, 2011 8:06 pm

Ketan Mehta: ‘Rang Rasiya’ is against intolerance

‘Rang Rasiya’ the film by Ketan Mehta, which he said that his film ‘Rang Rasiya’ is a small token of response against the persecution of painter M.F. Hussian who was hounded out of the country for pursuing his creative freedom.

Mehta said,

The film is a small little way of response and reaction to the climate of intolerance that was sweeping in the country five -six years back. What happened to Raja Ravi Varma hundred years ago happens today also. If you look at M.F. Hussain, the great Indian artist was hounded, persecuted, prosecuted and thrown out of the country because of his art. He was forced to go on a self exile,

The focus is on the idea of creative freedom. Is creative freedom necessary for civilization? I strongly believe that without creative freedom and freedom of expression no civilization can do well,

The film was screened at the 17th Kolkata Film Festival, its based on 19th century Indian painter Raja Ravi Verma, The film features Randeep Hooda and Nandana Sen as the lead actors,

It shows how the legendary painter’s partially nude portraits of Sugandha Bai irked priests of that era and kicked a controversy.

Mehta announced at the festival that the film will release in February 2012, The film was complete in 2008, but why its releasing now ?, Mehta said,

A lot of courage was needed on our part to make this film. Similarly, we needed a courageous distributor too. So after a search of three years we have finally found a courageous distributor and the film will be released in February 2012, the film has been cleared by the censor board without any cuts.

Talking about liberating human minds he said,

Sensuality is an integral part of Indian culture. We are proud of our sculptures at Khajuraho.

Watch Trailer of the film Rang Rasiya here – Rang Rasiya Movie Trailer