This is not the first time that any period film is facing a public outcry in recent times. Sanjay Leela Bhanshali’s Padmaavat was subjected protests in some regions of the country. Ashutosh Gowarikar’s Panipat is the latest to be subjected to similar treatment.
Despite Panipat getting good reviews from the critics, it has failed at the box office. One apparent reason for that is the call by some people to boycott Panipat.
There were reports that hundreds of people in Rajasthan protest yesterday over“wrong facts” in the movie. According to the protestors, the film portrays Maharaja Surajmal in a bad light. They claim he is shown as a greedy ruler which isn’t true. They are also protesting against the use of Rajasthani and Haryanvi language in the film, claiming that they speak Braj (a western UP Hindi dialect).
Many celebrities and public figures took to social media to express their disappointment over the outrage.
On Twitter the hashtag #boycottpanipat is trending in India.
While some protesting against the movie and calling on people to boycott it, there were others who are asking the filmmaker to make changes in the film.
Twitteratis are going crazy expressing their displeasure against the movie and the facts shown. While some are bashing the filmmaker for making boring films, some also called Ashutosh Gowarikar a lame director.
पानीपत के प्रदर्शन पर शीघ्र प्रतिबंध एवं निर्माता निर्देशक पर राष्ट्रद्रोह की मांग।। pic.twitter.com/A0uFct9T0b— वीर बहादुर सिंह धाकरे एड. (@veerbahadur086) December 9, 2019
Unacceptable !— Suraj Choudhary (@sjjat125757) December 9, 2019
Panipat movie distorted events/historical fact about Rajasthan’s pride legendary Jat Maharaja Surajmal.We request producer/director to remove/correct it immediately. It’s shameful to assassinate character of country’s heroes. It won’t be allowed !#boycottpanipat pic.twitter.com/l3Xt1A7ng9
Some on the other hand also supported the director and filmmaking by asking #whyboycottpanipat. A certain section have started a new hashtag against it.
Bollywood actor Randeep Hooda has come out in support of the movie and tweeted- To glorify one community, one doesn’t need to show others down.. it mostly has an adverse effect .. hoping for a more mature understanding in the future. To the offended – it’s just a movie, don’t attach your ancestors’ legacy to a piece of pure entertainment #MaharajaSurajmal
To glorify one community, one doesn’t need to show others down.. it mostly has an adverse effect .. hoping for a more mature understanding in the future. To the offended - it’s just a movie, don’t attach your ancestors’ legacy to a piece of pure entertainment #MaharajaSurajmal— Randeep Hooda (@RandeepHooda) December 9, 2019
‘Panipat’ is a historical drama, that revolves around the third battle of ‘Panipat’ which was fought between Marathas and Mughals. The battle is considered as the biggest and the most unfortunate battles of Indian history. The film featured actors like Arjun Kapoor, Kriti Sanon, Mohnish Behl, Sanjay Dutt, Padmini Kolhapure, Nawab Shah and others.