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Gunday producers offer apology

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Youth Community against Aggression organises a rally at Shahbagh intersection in Dhaka on Saturday protesting at the distortion of the history of the Liberation War of Bangladesh in Indian film Gundey. — New Age photo Youth Community against Aggression organises a rally at Shahbagh intersection in Dhaka on Saturday protesting at the distortion of the history of the Liberation War of Bangladesh in Indian film Gundey. — New Age photo

Producers of Indian film Gunday offered apology to people in Bangladesh amid protests against the new Bollywood action thriller that is reported to have portrayed Bangladesh’s war for its independence from Pakistan in 1971 wrongly.
The film’s production company Yash Raj Films in a statement in its blog apologized on Wednesday for ‘any disrespect’ the film has caused Bangladeshis.
The opening narration of Gunday, released on February 14 in India, is set in Kolkata in 1971 and mentions that ‘Bangladesh is born as Pakistan surrender on December 16 at the end of the Indo-Pak War.’
The film also apparently indicates that Bangladeshis were involved in various crimes such as arms smuggling and two young boys from this land escaped and became vicious criminals. There is also insinuation that Bangladeshis prefer identifying themselves as Indians.
It also depicts the bloody creation of Bangladesh as a 13-day battle between India and Pakistan beginning on December 3, 1971.
According to protesters, the film does not address the previous eight months of war fought between Bangladesh and Pakistan, in which three million Bangladeshis died.
As the news spread over Facebook, Bangladeshis strongly condemned the matter, organised an online campaign, sending petitions to the films production house, and bringing the matter to notice of everyone on the internet.
‘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 Yash Raj Films statement said.
The action crime thriller featuring Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor as two outlaws and heroine Priyanka Chopra as a cabaret dancer is currently topping the Bollywood box office.
Bikram and Bala are made orphans by what is mentioned as the ‘1971 Indo-Pakistani War that resulted in the formation of Bangladesh.’ The refugees from Bangladesh in Gunday then prefer to identify as Indians, who due to their various disparities fall back on crimes such as arm smuggling to become top goons in Kolkata.




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Gunday producers offer apology

Youth Community against Aggression organises a rally at Shahbagh intersection in Dhaka on Saturday protesting at the distortion of the history of the Liberation War of Bangladesh in Indian film Gundey. — New Age photo
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