Director Sudhir Mishra, whose
upcoming release Inkaar deals with the issue of sexual
harassment at work-place, says the film is not sleazy in any
In the film, actress Chitrangada Singh plays a creative
director of an advertisement agency, who files a case of
sexual harassment against her boss, played by Arjun Rampal.
The film hits theatres on January 18.
"My film is not about obvious sleaze. It is a story about
a relationship gone sour. It is a story about two charismatic
individuals, who clash because of power and ambition," Mishra
told PTI in an interview.
The filmmaker, who is behind critically acclaimed films
like Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi, Dharavi and Chameli,
feels it is high time that such issues are discussed in open
and says Inkaar is one such attempt.
"The subject of harassment is rampant wherever you go.
Women are independent, they are coming out and do not take
nonsense from anyone. They say no and they make it sure that
the no is non-negotiable," says Mishra, who is known for
creating strong female protagonists in his films.
Despite the volatile theme of sexual harassment, the film
has fetched a U/A certificate but Mishra is not surprised.
"I am not surprised but very glad that we got a U/A
certificate. A 14-year-old is so much more exposed these days.
I don't understand why is sex such a dirty word. I feel
because of this repression a lot of things happen.
"Harassment leads to many things. You think you can get
away but times are changing. The film deals with certain
things frankly and I also think young people who are going to
the workplace should be sensitised about these things. I think
it is hight time that men learnt to deal with women as their
In Inkaar, Mishra has teamed up with Chitrangada for
the third time after launching her in Hazaaron Khwahishen
Aisi and working with her on Yeh Saali Zindagi.
"I have worked with other actresses like Soha Ali Khan in
Khoya Khoya Chand and Kareena Kapoor in Chameli. I chose
Chitrangada for this film because she is good, beautiful and I
work well with her.
"She personifies the woman that I believe in -- slightly
mysterious, strong headed. They don't belong to you
completely. They are sometimes wrong and she is not afraid to
play wrong unlike many other actors," says the filmmaker.
Mishra also believes that his association with the dusky
beauty is one like Martin Scorsese-Robert De Niro, Karan
Johar-Shah Rukh Khan.