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.