The trailer of Rani Mukerji starrer Maardaani 2 was released a few days ago. While the trailer has received a great response, it has not gone down well with the residents of Kota. The movie is set in Kota, Rajasthan and it is about a guy who rapes young girls and kills them. The trailer says that the film is inspired by true events.
Well, various social groups of Kota feel that the movie will give the city a bad image and it will affect the students who come to study in the city. Gopi Puthran, who has written and directed Mardaani 2, has opened up about the whole scenario.
In a statement, he has said, “Mardaani 2 addresses a huge societal issue of rape and the rise of horrific crimes committed by juveniles in India. One is deeply moved when such shocking incidents happen and as a writer, I wanted to voice this issue and bring to light a terrible reality that today’s India and its youth face. I was troubled by many, many incidents that took place across our country in the last four years and the complex nature of those crimes left me shocked and perplexed. As a human being, I felt fear after reading about these incidents because it could happen to my family or people that I know and I wanted to do my bit to make as many people aware of the threat posed by nameless, faceless, young and underage boys who are resorting to such violence. Mardaani 2 has been inspired by all such incidents that rocked the country and left us all scarred. Despite all the inspirations, Mardaani 2 at the end of the day is a film and not a documentary and it should be seen as that.”
“Kota has been used by us as the setting for this film only. We are, in no way, suggesting that such events or incidents happen in Kota and there was no intention to tarnish the reputation of the city. If this has hurt or upset the sentiments of residents of the city, we are deeply regretful. We realise that since the trailer says it’s ‘Inspired By True Events’ and our film is based in Kota, it could be open to miscommunication. YRF has decided that we will remove the words ‘Inspired By True Events’ from the film to ensure that there is no further room for misinterpretation for anyone. We shot Mardaani 2 extensively in Kota and we only received love and warmth and huge cooperation from the people and all the authorities of the city. This gesture is YRF’s mark of respect to Kota and its wonderful people,” he added.
Mardaani 2 is a sequel to 2014 release Mardaani. The film is slated to hit the screens on 13th December 2019.