Pankaj Kapur miffed with content shown on TV

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Mumbai, Dec 19 (UNI) Noted actor Pankaj Kapur is miffed with the content shown on television in the name of entertainment.

''I firmly believe that films and television are a visually strong medium to create social awareness and raise pressing issues facing the society. Producers need to be socially conscious and responsible to what they are doing. The wrong representation of society on television and support it is getting from the viewers is a dangerous trend,''he said.

In an interaction with mediapersons, Kapur said at least in films, a young adult has to go to pay and go to a cinema hall and there is an awareness that all that is shown in the film is not reality. But, the television character comes to the viewers' homes every day and there is a possibility that youngsters tend to believe the character.

Speaking about his career in theatre, television and films, Kapur said he was satisfied with his journey from 'Gandhi' to the soon to be released 'Halla Bol'. ''I have done about 35 films. I had to struggle as well. But, I am happy that I could work at my own pace and make my own choices. I plan to write and direct movies as well after a few more years of acting, '' he added.

When asked about his role in 'Halla Bol', Kapur said his character is a ex-dacoit turned theatre activist and social worker. The film's script, his role and the director involved were the prime issues he considers when he takes up a film assignment and 'Halla Bol' fit the bill perfectly, he added.

To a question whether the film is based on the Jessica Lall murder case, Kapur said the film drew inspiration from several incidents happening in the society. ''The story was about a murder and how the accused gets away due to political connections,''he added.

He said he was not aware whether the film drew inspiration from Safdar Hashmi's play by the same name. He said he had worked with Hashmi in a play called 'Bakri'.

'Halla Bol', starring Ajay Devgan, Pankaj Kapur and Vidya Balan, is set for release on January 11.

UNI

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