Sunil Singh, the director of Game of Ayodhya, addresses us with great zeal and passion for his film. He says, “Everyone knows the controversy, but no one knows the real history. Ayodhya is the birthplace of Lord Ram, but it has been used as a playground by various forces of our country. So this is a story that needs to be said. “
After the whole Padmavati controversy, an audience will question the authenticity of this film. How does it portray history and how difficult was it to uncover the real story behind it? To this question, Mr. Singh replies, “We have made the film with a lot of responsibility, it is completely based on facts. The story is taken from the findings of the Liberhan Commission. It is a 1000-page report, and even you can find it on the internet.”
To keep things interesting, the film is shot in the form of a docu-drama. In fact, they have even used the direct footage of speeches made by our political leaders on this topic. With Sunil himself the role of a journalist who sets out to discover the truth about the Babri Masjid case, the film also has a love story between a Muslim girl and a Hindu boy in its background.
While making a film on such a controversial subject, it is a given that the project will have to face a number of hurdles to get the required permissions and certifications. One of the lead actors, Arun Bakshi, who plays the part of a librarian, reveals that, “As actors, as soon as we did the first shot, we were wondering if this movie will even get certified or not. For 8 months the censor board had banned this film. Then, the director went to Film Certification Appellate Tribunal where it was kept for 3-4 months more. But then eventually it was passed with no cuts and a U/A certificate.”
Official red tape is just one part of the industry, with a sensitive subject like this, there is expected backlash from the audience as well. Sunil says, “We got threats, but we knew that we will get threats. We knew we will face difficulties in the release since the beginning but we were ready for it. And now it will release on 15th December in around 1000 screens all over India.”
However, the big question on everyone’s mind is, what is the conclusion of the film? To which Arun replies, “Well, since the judgement hasn’t been released yet there is no real conclusion to this saga. In the film, the conclusion that we have is basically a plea and a message that we want to give the audience – You are Indians first. We just hope that our new generation knows this. We should be proud Indians.”