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Before 'cooking' pork, Doordarshan Urdu wanted to show Aurangzeb as villain

Saturday April 13, 2013 08:57:49 PM, ummid.com Staff Reporter

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Malegaon: The 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 alleged.

 

"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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 








 
 






 

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