Bollywood director planning film on Australia ‘racist attacks’

MUMBAI, June 16, 2009 (AFP) – A Bollywood director said Tuesday he wants to make a film based on alleged racist attacks on Indian students in Australia, despite an unofficial boycott of the country by his movie colleagues.

Megastar Amitabh Bachchan rejected an honorary degree from Brisbane University, telling the authorities that it would be “inappropriate at this juncture to accept this decoration”.

Fellow star Aamir Khan has also expressed his concern.

Other industry figures said they would refuse to shoot in Australia, including “Heyy Babyy” director Sajid Khan, while the largest Bollywood union has called on its members to cancel shoots planned in Australia in protest.

But Mohit said: “I only feel boycotting a country is no solution. Moreover my film is based on the subject of Indians being attacked in Australia so obviously my film has to be shot in Australia.”

The film is in the scripting stage and has not been cast, he said. “I have a script in my mind and hopefully by the end of the year we will go and shoot the film in Australia,” said film maker Mohit Suri.

“The film is inspired by a friend’s personal experience who has seen all these things. I want to show people what instigates all