‘Parched’ director receives threats


Recently it seems that the Indian Government may be targeting artistes��from Bollywood for one reason or another. This time, director of ‘Parched’ (2016), Leena Yadav has received threats from the Rabari community in Gujarat.

According to Indian Express, they are offended by the clothes that Tannishtha Chatterjee wears, because they are similar to those worn by women in their community.

Yadav claimed, “They have been calling my husband, giving life threats to us.�� We have been getting obnoxious calls, non-stop saying ‘You don’t know what we can do to you’.�� After that we put in an application at Oshiwara police station”.

She continued, “Considering the situation right now that we have around us, as a filmmaker I feel scared to even name a character in my film.�� It is really scary”.

She is also worried about another member of the film unit in Gujarat, and explained that the film, produced by Ajay Devgn, is set in a fictitious village therefore not giving any resemblance to any community or religion. “It is set in a fictitious village, there are two disclaimers in the movie, one in the beginning and one in the end saying the same.�� It has got nothing to do with religion, but is about the stories of women”, she said.

The director explained that groups need to look at the wider issues and not just focus on small areas, such as clothes.

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