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Blackburn Rovers documentary set for internet release
A DOCUMENTARY about Blackburn Rovers’ decline under Venky’s rule is set to be released tonight, and filmmaker Rishi Sikka hopes the owners watch it.
Sikka, of Essex-based Squashed Fox Productions, filmed interviews with a range of people last summer about events at Rovers since Venky’s took over the club.
Among those to have given their views are Shebby Singh, Wayne Wild, Glen Mullan and Gordon Taylor as well as MPs, former players and journalists.
Most expressed their concern about the direction the club has taken, which has seen Rovers relegated from the Premier League and now needing to cut their wage bill to prevent unsustainable losses as a Championship club.
But the Rao brothers refused to be interviewed and Sikka has been informed that the owners are unhappy about the title of the documentary, ‘Venky’s – The Fall of Blackburn Rovers’.
But he believes they should watch the film, seen by the Lancashire Telegraph, which will be released on the Squashed Fox YouTube channel at 8pm tonight.
“I don’t know whether it will be seen in India but I hope they do see it,” Sikka said.
“I think they just don’t understand how close the club and the fans are.
“Last August I was supposed to be meeting Venkatesh and Balaji Rao at the Lowry Hotel in Manchester and I had the crew ready, but then it turned into a 15-minute chat at Ewood Park.
“I sat down with Venkatesh and Balaji, and Balaji’s words were he asked me to stop digging up old graves.
“I said to him that Shebby Singh had come into the club but wouldn’t talk about anything that had happened before he arrived, and that the fans wanted answers about that time. But they refused.
“Then about a month ago I had contact with Venky’s and they said they didn’t like the title of the documentary, they thought it was false.
“I said I was open to changing the title or the content, but they said they weren’t interested any more.”
In the documentary, Singh speaks shortly before the exit of controversial boss Steve Kean.
Sikka, who had been attempting to secure a television deal for the documentary, said: “The idea came from when I was watching the game between Blackburn and Bolton game when the abuse of Steve Kean was at its worst.
“The anger seemed personal and I wanted to know why, so it went from there.
“I spoke to former players, Gordon Taylor from the PFA, members of parliament, councillors, and some people got emotional because the club means a lot to them.
“Even club legends feel there is a divide there now.”