The trailer of the upcoming directorial venture of Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Shikara, bagged praises from the critics and the audience. The film is slated to release on February 7, 2020. But ahead of its release, a remark by Vidhu Vinod Chopra has upset and triggered a few Twitterati. After a clip of his interview with a leading news channel surfaced on the internet, Twitter users seem to oppose the film.
The controversy started when Chopra recalled the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits that happened thirty years back in Jammu and Kashmir. Vidhu Vinod Chopra said that Shikara is an attempt to convey the message that Muslims and Kashmiri Pandits should move on. Talking more about it, the 67-year-old director said that it's like two friends, who had a little fallout and after 30 years they meet. He further added that Muslims and Kashmiri Pandits should apologise and forget what happened in the past.
His remark of forgetting what happened and calling it 'a little fallout' seems to have triggered a section of Twitter users. After the clip surfaced online, #Boycottshikara started trending on the micro-blogging site. Check out a few tweets, which express the disappointment of internet users.
“Its like 2 friends meeting together after 30 yrs, who want to forget & move on!”— Madhurima Mishra (@MadhurimaMishr7) January 21, 2020
What an insensitive way to promote a film??....by speaking for jihadis Ask a mother who lost her child or a woman who was raped to forget n move on!!#BoycottShikara
If after 1990 genocide still one thinks it was a dispute between Two "brothers" then let me tell u, "brothers" doesn't rape/kill the family of their so called "beloved" brothers 😌#BoycottShikara @ResearchBharat— प्रशांत मिश्रा 🇮🇳 (@Nationalist_98) January 21, 2020
Whereas, a few other users came out in the support of Chopra and urged the public to watch the film. While reasoning about the same, they highlighted that people should not oppose the concept of the film even before its release. The tweets supporting Chopra state that the opposition of Shikara is absurd.
#BoycottShikara Shame on guys , people think that this incident happened only in kashmir bt remember that this can happen all over India. So come together and support Shikara, All Hindus come together irrespective of caste and other things.— Rishi Dubey (@RishiDu97987464) January 21, 2020
19 जनवरी, 1990 को जब 4 लाख कश्मीरी पंडितों को कश्मीर छोड़ना पड़ा तब उस दर्द पर कोई बात नहीं हुई। विनोद चोपड़ा की आने वाली फिल्म शिकारा का विरोध बेतुका है। नई पीढ़ी इस दर्द को बर्दाश्त नहीं करेगी। आइये #Support_Shikara को ट्रेंड करा कर समर्थन करे। @SwamiGeetika#BoycottShikara ❌ pic.twitter.com/OWSPg3rT5d— Kundan Kumar (@KundanKumar_Kuk) January 21, 2020
Interestingly, director Vidhu Vinod Chopra also belongs to a Kashmiri Pandit family. During a special screening of Shikara, Vidhu said that the only reason for crafting this movie was his mother. He further added that rather than spreading the hate for one community, he wants to narrate the story of Kashmiri Pandits.
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