In his much talked about book Urban Naxals, filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri has written about an incident that took some time in the late 90s. Vivek was planning to diversify from ad filmmaking to making television shows in those times, and he got a lucky break when Anupam Kher decided to produce a TV serial titled ‘Yeh Kahan Aa Gaye Hum’ to be directed by him. The pilot episode of the serial was approved by a channel, which was then headed by Karan Thapar.
However, things couldn’t move further after Thapar’s first meeting with Vivek. Thapar apparently liked the serial but didn’t like the casting. He demanded that Pallavi Joshi is dropped, who had acted in many movies and TV shows by then and had even won a national award for acting. “But she is dark. I want someone fair,” Karan Thapar told Vivek Agnihotri, as recounted by Vivek in the book.
With his brand of keenly intelligent talks that ranges from history to politics, Vivek has built an extraordinary fan base that transcends age, gender, race and cinema lovers. Honest and hard hitting, Vivek Agnihotri’s Urban Naxals currently ranks 1st under Political Ideologies on Amazon. The book captures the riveting saga of a filmmaker’s struggle and conviction, the behind the scenes story of the making of an award winning film- Buddha in a Traffic Jam. ‘Urban Naxals’- introduces the clandestine underbelly of India’s urban society- the unarmed extremists which work relentlessly to cripple the social fabric of our country. Vivek has not only coined the term “Urban Naxals’ but cited many proof points in the book and talked about them in both the national and international legs of his book tour.