AR Rahman who composed music for Rajkumar SantoshiGandhi Godse’s upcoming film: Ek Yudh, recently came out in support of the film during protests. The film sparked controversy for allegedly undermining Mahatma Gandhi’s legacy and glorifying his assassin Nathuram Godse. Speaking at a promotional event of the film, AR Rahman said that people no longer trust filmmakers and called Rajkumar Santoshi a “victim” of the situation. Read also: Rajkumar Santoshi seeks safety from Mumbai Police after protesters interrupted Gandhi Godse event
That was quoted by the PTI news agency AR Rahman saying, “They haven’t seen the movie, they’ve assumed the trailer takes sides… People don’t trust filmmakers anymore because filmmakers take sides. Unfortunately… So he (Santoshi) is the victim,” he added .
Rajkumar Santoshi recently wrote a letter to the Mumbai Police asking for extra protection for himself and his family. He said he received threats from unknown people asking him to stop the movie release and promotional activities.
The filmmaker claimed that he is not afraid of anything. He said, “Both Gandhi and Godse were fearless people. Godse was not afraid of the consequences of killing Gandhi. If I make a movie about these two fearless people, how can I get scared? I don’t care about death threats, but those close to me insisted that I take precautions because it is a serious threat. So I had asked the Mumbai Police for protection and they gave it to me. I am grateful to them.”
He went on to talk about not paying attention to the boycott trends on social media and cited an example of that Shah Rukh Khan‘s just released movie Pathaan, which took massive business on its opening day despite controversy over the song Besharam Rang. Gandhi Godse will clash with Pathaan at the box office as it hits the screens on Thursday.
Gandhi Godse: Ek Yudh is set in early India after independence from 1947-48, in an alternate version of Indian history in which Mahatma Gandhi survives the assassination attempt by Nathuram Godse. It follows an interesting debate between Gandhi and Godse after they meet in a prison.
(with input from PTI)