Filmmaker Ashutosh Gowariker, is currently working on yet another ambitious historical with Sanjay Dutt and Arjun Kapoor in the lead, keeps requesting everyone not to say which chapter in history it deals with.
The director has a liking for historicals. His magnum opuses - Jodhaa Akbar and Mohenjo Daro have been both ambitious and majestic in their depictions.
He is of the firm view that filmmakers should definitely make what they believe in. We appreciate him for working on what he likes and propagating the will of expression.
Ironically, he didn't do well in history in school. In an interview, he mentioned, "I never remember dates. I failed in history. I had no connection with geography. I get drawn to untold stories," Mr Gowariker told reporters at a promotional event of his upcoming period drama Mohenjo Daro.
However, he has spent two years, extensively, conducting research on each of the films. His reasons for making historical subjects are: firstly, because we should know how we got here (to the present). Secondly, since its presented in an entertaining manner, the audience can relate to it also.
To conclude, he says, "when I am making a movie, I am not to be considered a historian or an archaeologist. The movie cannot be seen as a reference point for students. It can never be so. My movie is for my audience only."