Rohit Shetty breaks silence on criticism received for his film Sooryavanshi

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Published by Debangshu Goswami on 15 Nov 2021

In response to criticism about Muslim villains in Sooryavanshi, Director Rohit Shetty says he understands his audience well and makes sure they are comfortable with what he presents.

Rohit has replied to criticism of Muslim villains in Sooryavanshi by questioning why his Hindu villains did not cause a stir sooner. In a new interview, Rohit stated that they put no effort into having villains from a specific caste or religion when developing the film. Sooryavanshi, which starred Akshay Kumar in the eponymous character, also appeared in Ranveer Singh and Ajay Devgn.

Rohit Shetty was asked about the “bad Muslim-good Muslim” theme in Sooryavanshi in an interview with The Quint. “If I ask you one question – Jaykant Shikre (the antagonist in Singham, played by Prakash Raj) was a Hindu, then came in this universe (Rohit Shetty’s police universe, which comprises Singham, Singham Returns, and Simmba), a Hindu Godman who was the villain,” the director said. Durva Yashwant Ranade (played by Sonu Sood) in Simmba was a Maharashtrian. The antagonists in these three flicks were Hindus. “How come it wasn’t a problem?”

He continued, “If there is a terrorist who is from Pakistan, what caste will he be? We (creators of Sooryavanshi) are not talking about caste.” The filmmaker also said certain segments of people are viewing it as problematic but he never “thought that way” while making the film. He added, “There is a thought with which a film is made. We never thought that way. Why is it being discussed? If we have a sleeper cell then what caste will a sleeper cell be? Why is a bad and good person being linked to caste, when we as makers never thought about it? If it was wrong, everyone would have talked about it…few people are talking, it is their point of view which they need to change, not us.”

In the interview, Rohit also stated that he is extremely familiar with his audience and takes care not to offend them. He stated that scandals might occur for any reason, and he concentrates on making his target audience feel at ease.

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