Mumbai: Filmmaker-producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra has lashed out at folks criticising his new movie “Shikara”. He says those that have accused him of commercialising the plight of Kashmiri Pandits within the movie are “gadhe” (donkeys).
” ‘3 Idiots’, which I produced earned Rs 33 crore on its first day of launch, and we knew the primary day assortment of ‘Shikara’ can be 30 lakh. Regardless of that we gave 11 years of our life to make this movie. I really feel at this time issues are very humorous as a result of I’ve made movies that collected Rs 30 crore on its first day, and after I make a movie that collects Rs 30 lakh on its first day within the reminiscence of my mom, folks say I’ve commercialised the ache of Kashmiri folks. I really feel individuals who suppose that manner are gadhe (donkeys), and that’s why I need to let you know, don’t be donkeys. First see the movie after which type your opinions,” Chopra mentioned throughout a go to to Mumbai’s KC School to advertise “Shikara” together with the movie’s lead forged Aadil Khan and Sadia.
“Shikara” is in regards to the mass exodus of Kashmiri Pandits in early 1990, within the wake of violent Islamist insurgency. The movie was extremely anticipated as a result of the veteran filmmaker Chopra hails from the state.
After the movie’s launch, nonetheless, sure sections of individuals referred to as out the movie and its director Chopra. A video of a Kashmiri Pandit lady lashing out on the director at a screening in Delhi went viral. Calling it a “ghatiya” movie and disowning it, she is seen saying the film was too commercialised and never genuine.
The hashtag #BoycottShikara began trending on Twitter, and folks have been accusing Chopra of going tender on the topic somewhat than give an unflinching account of the horrific atrocities that Kashmiri Pandits suffered.
Chopra mentioned famend Hollywood filmmaker James Cameron has praised his movie: “This film opened with great reviews everywhere. I presume you would have heard about a man called James Cameron who has directed ‘Titanic’ and ‘Avatar’. He called this film as a masterpiece in a four-page letter. In India, the film released to full houses and great reviews. Then, suddenly all this hate wave comes up.”
He added: “I am not on Twitter or on any social media. What came as a big surprise for us is that our rating on IMDb, which was around eight or nine, dropped to one. We found that on all these social media platforms, people have started putting up videos and saying ‘this how you press the button to give the film a one-star rating’.”
Chopra mentioned “Shikara” is near his coronary heart: “This is a very special film and this film talks about events that happened even before all of you (students) were born. Around 30 years back, four lakh Kashmiris were thrown out of their homeland, and my mother was one of them. I am technically a refugee in my own country because I am from Kashmir.”
He added that he by no means compromised on something whereas making movies in his profession. “All my life I have never compromised on films I have made, whether it is ‘3 Idiots’ or the ‘Munna Bhai’ series or ‘Shikara’. In every film, I tried and give you guys a message. In ‘Munna Bhai’, I talked about ‘Jaadu ki jhappi’ and in ‘3 Idiots’ I gave critical advice to students, to chase excellence and success will follow. I am happy to say that many lives changed with that film,” he identified.
Chopra felt “Shikara” would have the identical affect. “In the same way, in ‘Shikara’ we have a message that says, ‘todo nahin, jodo’ (don’t break, unite) because we are at a stage in life where it is becoming a norm to say, ‘don’t unite, break’. Everything is breaking, be it systems or cities. I would urge you to watch this film and spread the message of this film because you (students) are the future. If you like the films, then go to social media and fix that rubbish (criticism about Shikara), and if you don’t like the film then also remember message of the film,” he mentioned.
Chopra on Sunday had penned an open letter on Fb to counter all criticism in opposition to his movie. Within the letter, the filmmaker elaborated on the sufferings that he, alongside along with his members of the family, needed to endure once they have been pushed out of their homeland because of being focused by Islamist insurgents three many years in the past. He described the accusations as “nonsensical” and likewise urged folks to not repeat previous errors.