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Ketan Mehta: I am controversy's child

Well-known director Ketan Mehta says he doesn't seek controversies, but they seek him out.

Ketan Mehta
Ketan Mehta

"I am a child of controversies. They seek me out... this time (for his upcoming film 'Manjhi The Mountain Man') we got legal notice saying a man had the rights to make this film. We won the case after several months of fight and now we are releasing the film. Making this film was like making a mountain," Mehta told reporters at the trailer launch of the film.

The release of Mehta's last film "Rang Rasiya", a biopic on painter Raja Ravi Varma, faced trouble after Varma's granddaughter filed a case against the director. The movie released after much delay and with a disclaimer.

The "Mirch Masaala" filmmaker conceived the film seven years ago when he came across an article on Manjhi.

"There was this poor man in Bihar who made something very impossible possible for love. I went to that place and when I saw the mountain I was thrilled to see that someone would have made a road out of it. It was an inspirational story," he said.

Manjhi, a labourer living in Gehlaur village of Bihar, single-handedly built a road through a hill so that the locals could have faster access to nearby hospital. His wife had died because of lack of timely medical help.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui plays the title role.

"I have been eyeing Nawaz from the last seven, eight years. He stood out even in those movies where he had one or two scenes. I think Nawaz was perfect as Manjhi," he said.

The film is set to release on August 21.

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