Doordarshan - an Indian public service broadcaster and a division
of Prasar Bharati, in 2012 wanted from a producer to edit a
TV serial to be telecast on its Urdu channel in such a way that it
depicted Moghal emperor Aurangzeb as villain, a film producer has
"In 2012, when I was called for the
presentation of my proposed TV serial "Dara Shikoh", the chairman
of the Doordarshan Commissioning Committee M.K. Kaw wanted it to
be edited in such a way that Aurangzeb is portrayed as villain",
novelist and film producer Musharraf Alam Zauqui alleged while
talking to ummid.com.
When reached for his comments, M.K.
Kaw, who is a former Secretary with the Government of India and
then Chairman of the Doordarshan's Production and Content
Committee denied interviewing Musharraf Alam Zauqui.
"I don't remember if I had ever
interviewed Musharraf Alam Zauqui. And, why should I say such
things", Kaw said to ummid.com over phone.
At the same time, he said that
Zauqui might have been referring some internal discussion on his
TV serial. "I presume Zauqui is referring the internal discussion
I might have had with other team members", he said.
Musharraf Alam Zauqui however
insisted and said that Masoom Moradabadi was witness to the entire
episode. "Masoom Moradabadi was also present when Kaw wanted the
editing and commented derogatory and communal remarks against
Aurangzeb", said Zauqui.
Zauqui even recalled reciting a
couplet in front of Kaw. "I recited Shibli Nomani's famous couplet
in front of him. Tumhe le de kar sari dastan me yaad hai itna;
Aurangzeb hindu kush tha zaalim that sitamgar tha. But he was
adamant and when the final list was out, Dara Shikoh was
not there". he said.
Zauqui said the Doordarshan had
already sanctioned 26 episodes of Dara Shikoh in 2009.
However, when presentation was called again in 2012, it was
rejected. "It was totally against the norm and the Doordarshan
guidelines', he said.
Zauqui, who claimed to have produced
more than 100 documentaries and have experience of working with
the Doordarshan for over 25 years, also said that his TV serial
Dara Shikoh which is based on Padam Shree Qazi Abdus Sattar's
novel with the same name is most suitable in the present scenario.
"Dara Shikoh was the most secular
person. Broadcasting the TV serial in the present scenario would
have helped in countering the communal agenda as propagated by few
political parties", he said.
Zauqui's allegations are coming at
the time when the Doordadrshan is already under fire for showing
during its regular program on DD Urdu Taste ki Baat Hai a
recipe conataing pork meat.
Though DD Urdu is not meant only for
Muslims, the channel is mostly viewed by them.