The makers of Raveena Tandon starrer film 'Maatr' said they were planning to shoot their next movie in Kashmir which is based on the historically important 'Silk Route'.
"Kashmir has always been Bollywood's paradise with its breathtaking locales, hospitable people and pleasant weather. So, we thought to make our next movie in Kashmir with an engaging script and characters on an adventure to Kashmir through Silk Route,” Sanjay Adhikari, Associate Producer of the film told Rising Kashmir.
He said his production house had done many successful shoots and advertisement projects in Kashmir in the past.
"We have shot many films and Ad campaigns in the valley with local actors ten years ago. The place continues to be our favorite shooting destinations. Now, we are planning to go back after the successful release of Maatr on April 21."
"We are planning to gather human stories like the one portrayed in the new film," Adhikari said.
About Maatr, the producer said the star-studded project was a comeback for Raveena Tandon and Sanjay’s Home Production also.
Directed by Ashtar Sayed and written by Michael Pellico, 'Maatr- The Mother' has been produced by Anjum Rizvi, Manoj Adhikari and Pugmark Films.
Starring Raveena Tandon and Madhur Mittal in the lead, 'Maatr' is a hard-hitting film reflecting the plight of the women of today. Other actors include Divya Jagdale, Shailender Goyal, Anurag Arora, Saheem Khan and Rushad Rana. While casting for the film has been done by Rajesh Gautam. The music is composed by a Pakistani Sufi rock band Fuzön.
“Our last Bollywood film Dil Patang didn’t do well at the box-office. Although the response from the critic was good but it couldn’t give us monetary benefits due to various reasons. However, we never lost hope and made a comeback with ‘Maatr’. We are sure that this film will leave the audience spellbound and perform well at the box off as it has a very compelling story,” Sanjay told Rising Kashmir.
Although, the movie is getting good reviews from critics but the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) gave it A-Certificate for its graphic content and ‘objectionable’ dialogues.
"Maatr" is an astutely plotted, violent revenge saga which is presented to highlight the over 3 crore rape cases pending in the Indian courts.
According to the reports, the film contains some ‘gruesome violence’ which did not go down well with CBFC officials.
The makers were reportedly instructed to turn the rape sequences to 3-4 minutes from 13 minutes and also to mute the word ‘Dalit’. The previous version did not get a certificate.
However, the new version abides by the guidelines and will be soon screened by the officials.
Sanjay said the film was surrounded with controversies due to some of the content and political message.
“We tried to be authentic and honest with our story and treatment. So, we had to bring elements of real life events and characters. Now, we are happy that our film has been cleared by Censor board with A certificate,” he said.