Chopra, who hosted a special screening for all his friends and family last week, saw veteran politician LK Advani also attending it. But what grabbed everyone’s attention was a video of Advani holding back his tears after watching the film which went viral on the internet.
In an Exclusive Interview With ETimes, Vidhu Vinod Chopra opened up about his bond with the veteran politician. He said, “Mr LK Advani is very very special to me and I want to say that. When I was a student, he was the first one to give me Rs 5000. The first Rs 5000 I earned in my life was given to me by Mr LK Advani for the National Award. When I went on stage and they gave me the National Award and it was encashable after 8 years as it was a postal certificate. Then I made a lot of noise which I don’t want to go into but he was the I&B minister and he called me the next day to his office and gave me breakfast. Then he sent me to Gol Dak Khana in Delhi and I actually got my first Rs 5000 from him and that I will never ever forget.”
Furthermore, he added, “When I got nominated for an Oscar I had no money, I had nothing and I read in the paper that I was nominated. He gave me an Air India ticket and $ 20 a day and that I owe it to Mr LK Advani. I want the world to know why he is so special to me. Not because he is a politician but because he is the man who sent me to Oscars.”
Meanwhile, the film has been making headlines due to the hashtag #BoycottShikara which has been making rounds on the internet due to ‘undermining’ and ‘commercializing’ genocide in the film. In response to it, Chopra wrote an open letter where he dismissed the allegation as ‘nonsensical’.
‘Shikara: The Untold Story Of Kashmiri Pandits’ marked the Bollywood debut of actors Aadil Khan and Sadia who played the lead roles in the film.