Mrityunjay Devrat, who directed the meaningful Children Of War, based on Bangladesh's 1971 war of liberation is furious seeing how poorly the Bangladesh conflict is depicted in Gunday, directed by Ali Abbas Zafar. Gunday features Ranveer Singh, Arjun Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra.
Devraj is highly disappointed with Gunday as he found
the film takes an irresponsible stand by making Bangladesh war a
mere backdrop for telling their commercially viable Bollywood
story. He says, "If I am allowed to be honest, then I'd have to say
that the makers of Gunday have been factually incorrect. I think it
is hugely irresponsible and derogatory to use a sensitive subject
such as the Bangladesh war for purely commercial purposes."
He thinks Gunday is a bad film, but is confident that
it can't damage his film which is sincere on the subject. Devaraj
adds,"With all due respect, no bad film can damage our film.
Children Of War has been made with a lot of labour and
love. We've tried to protect the sensitivities of all those
involved. A movie like Gunday aims only at the box office.
We are trying to tell the true story of a genocide that shook the
conscience of the Asian subcontinent. Unlike Gunday, our
film will not be seen and forgotten."
Devraj feels that ignorance of Bollywood is at its peak now. He
says, "History remains history. A factually incorrect book or film
cannot change history. I heard Priyanka Chopra saying on television
that the 1971 war led to a partition between India and Bangladesh.
The ignorance in Bollywood is unbelievable. I think Indian
audiences are tired of being taken for granted."
Even though Gunday received mixed reaction from critics, that didn't prevent it to make millions for its producers.