Lok Sabha speaker upset with Mardaani 2, makers to drop ‘inspired by true events’ claim

Locals in Kota, Rajashtan had written to Lok Sabha MP Om Birla expressing their concerns over Kota being represented in bad light

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Mardaani 2 [2019]

It’s pretty common for many a film to court controversy before its release. Often these controversies are petty in nature.  Some locals in Kota, Rajasthan had written a letter to Lok Sabha speaker and Bhartiya Janata Party leader Om Birla expressing concerns over Yash Raj Films’ Mardaani 2 projecting their city in bad light.

Directed by Gopi Puthran, Mardaani 2 revolves around a manhunt for a serial killer and rapist.  In the trailer, the makers had claimed that the film is based on true events. YRF set their film in Kota.

“I will definitely discuss the issue with the concerned people. Maligning a city’s name through cinema is not acceptable. The incident on which the film is based is also fictional. So, for a fictional story taking the name of a city is not right,” Om Birla told journalists yesterday.

Not wanting any undue trouble, YRF and director Puthran have decided to remove the ‘based on true events’ claim from their trailer.

Clarifying that his film is not a related to any specific incident, Puthran said in a statement, “Mardaani 2 addresses a huge societal issue of rape and the rise of horrific crimes committed by juveniles in India. One is deeply moved when such shocking incidents happen and as a writer, I wanted to voice this issue and bring to light a terrible reality that today’s India and its youth faces,”

“ I was troubled by many incidents that took place across our country in the last four years and the complex nature of those crimes left me shocked and perplexed. As a human being, I felt fear after reading about these incidents because it could happen to my family or people that I know and I wanted to do my bit to make as many people aware of the threat posed by nameless, faceless, young and underage boys who are resorting to such violence,” added Puthran.

Puthran made it clear that film is only set in Kota but it doesn’t surround any case there.

“We are, in no way, suggesting that such events or incidents happen in Kota and there was no intention to tarnish the reputation of the city. If this has hurt or upset the sentiments of residents of the city, we are deeply regretful. We realise that since the trailer says it’s ‘Inspired By True Events’ and our film is based in Kota, it could be open to miscommunication. YRF has decided that we will remove the words ‘Inspired By True Events’ from the film to ensure that there is no further room for misinterpretation for anyone,” Puthran clarified.

Starring Rani Mukerji, Mardaani 2 is set to be released on 13 December.

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