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    Filmmaker Hansal Mehta says honesty is key in the making of his new film "Shahid". Based on the true story of Shahid Azmi, the story is half biopic and half fiction.
    Azmi, a 32-year-old lawyer, was shot dead in Mumbai in 2010. He had been arrested in 1994 on charges of conspiring to kill politicians, and while in prison, had studied law and encouraged fellow inmates to seek justice. On his release from prison, he had worked first as a journalist and later as a lawyer and teacher.
    "I make my films with honesty. This is the way I decide the script," Mehta said, as he interacted with reporters ahead of the screening of the film at the 14th Mumbai Film Festival Friday.
    "The film is part fiction, part drama and part biopic. But we have retained the essence of what we wanted to say," he said
    Presented by Reliance Entertainment, this year, the 14th Mumbai Film Festival will showcase over 230 films from around the world. Organised by Mumbai Academy of Mumbai Image (MAMI), it will have a mix of classic and contemporary cinema with special event segments dedicated to French, Italian, Afghan and Indian cinema.
    The festival kick started Thursday, and will end Oct 25.
    Mehta has made many films before like "Jayante", "Dil Pe Mat Le Yaar" and "Chhal" which have not managed to create a big stir at the box office.
    After making "Woodstock Villa" in 2008, he went on an extended sabbatical. It was during this time that he thought of making "Shahid".
    "The film stemmed from a lack of inspiration. I didn't have a story to tell. I was working on a different script and I was researching, but that didn't work out. One day I saw the story of Shahid Azmi in the headlines and I knew there was a story there," he said.
    For the filmmaker, patience and perseverance are important to make a film.
    ...being a human...



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