Manikarnika row

Reacting to the protests against the release of Kangana Ranaut’s film, “Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi,” Indian actor Karan Oberoi said that “the stories that need to be told cannot be dictated by a handful of people who don’t represent the larger populace.” (photo provided)

After Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s mega project, “Padmaavat,” the new film that is facing the wrath of protesters is the Kangana Ranaut starrer period drama, “Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi.”

The film is being accused of de-glorifying history. After these back-to-back protests, many film fans are left wondering as to why these movies are being targeted.

Reacting to the controversy, actor Karan Oberoi, who has always been vocal about his opinions, said: “The problem with us as a country is the fact that we have always been a little intolerant of things that didn’t conform to our ideology. And we are more than happy to impose those things on people perforce if necessary.”

Explaining the sudden upsurge in these cases, Oberoi noted that “Initially, these voices were subdued because there was no way to vent our frustrations on others. Social media has made it easy by attaching a loudspeaker to everyone’s backside. The media which needs feed 24/7 serves as a platform for those angry morons who force their opinions on others just like they are doing in the case of ‘Manikarnika.’”

Oberoi further noted that filmmakers have a lot of money and jobs riding on their projects so they succumb quite easily to the pressure tactics of these protestors, “who haven’t read a single book on the so-called ‘culture’ or ‘history’ that they are trying to preserve.”          

He went on to warn that the “anger and hostility we are cultivating as a race are dangerous signs of where we could be, if not checked on time.”

Urging people to think logically, Oberoi suggested that “Each one of us needs to understand that the narrative of filmmakers and the stories that need to be told cannot be dictated by a handful of people who don’t represent the larger populace.”

“It’s just that the powers that exist are not allowing things to work in a way they should. The law of the land must come into play forcefully if needed, before things spiral out of control,” he said.

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