Gunday, starring Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor, has entered the Rs. 100 crore club but the film also attracted a lot of criticism from critics and audiences as well because of the way the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War has been depicted in the film.
The letter from Yash Raj Films’ 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.
The film, meanwhile, entered the 100-crore club by grossing Rs 82 crores in India and Rs 18 crores overseas…