Yash Raj's latest flick Gunday is facing a great menace in the form of outbursts from Bangladeshis as they assume that the film irresponsibly treated the issue of Bangalesh War. Gunday, starring Priyanka Chopra, Arjun Kapoor, Ranveer Singh and Irrfan Khan is a commercial success in India. Recently, the director the film Children of War, Mrityunjay Devvrat lashed out at Gunday director Ali Abbas Zafar for the lame portrayal of Bangladesh War in Gunday,
As YRF identified the issue, they quickly issued a statement on the same.
Yash Raj Film's Letter Read:
Several of our Bangladeshi brethren have reached out to us with their concerns on the way the story has been portrayed and we would like to apologise if any disrespect or hurt has been caused to them. However, this was and is meant to be a fictional work and does not in any way project or disrespect any particular segment of society or persons or a nation.
The birth of a country is always steeped in the sacrifices made by its freedom fighters and martyrs and this can never be forgotten. And so was the case with Bangladesh and its people who paid a huge price to attain this freedom. The history of the sub-continent reflects this and acknowledges the struggle of the people of Bangladesh.
However, GUNDAY was not meant to in any way slight the sacrifices made or to recount the history of the creation of a new nation but several families did unfortunately get displaced as a consequence. The film addresses one such Indian family's plight during these troubled times. The two orphans were forced to flee because of circumstances completely out of their control. And what ensued thereafter left them with very little choice but to take on the life that they did, one of desperate yet fun-loving renegades. This was largely a consequence of a prevailing system, which did not allow them to lead a normal life and be accepted in society. They were labelled as refugees and stigmatised.
If this fictitious story and its telling have in any way upset the sentiments of anybody, we would like to clarify that it was totally inadvertent and it is sincerely further regretted.
But the fact remains that no Indian film can be released in Bangladesh as public viewing of Indian films is banned by Bangladesh Government from 1971. This was a move to protect the local film industry.