After protests erupted outside the Mahakaleshwar temple in Ujjain, reports during the film promotion of Brahmastra asked tough questions to Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt. Read what happened next.
About the Beed controversy
Brahmastra actors Alia Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor were in Ujjain this Tuesday, 6th September to visit Mahakaleshwar Temple. However, they were stopped by Hindu activists from entering the temple after the actor’s old interview on eating beef went viral.
In a press conference, Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt were asked about the recent protest that happened outside Mahakaleshwar Temple in Ujjain. The reporter further asked about Ranbir’s reaction to the ongoing Beef controversy surrounding him.
“You had been to Madhya Pradesh and there were associations that were protesting against you (Ranbir Kapoor) claiming that the actor had hurt their sentiments. Do you feel often Bollywood actors who give any statements in public are not aware of people’s sentiments?” asked a reporter, adding that why should the Boycott gang watch Brahmastra?
Brahmastra director Ayan Mukerji, who was sitting in between Alia and Ranbir, requested the reporter to let him answer the question.
“I was feeling bad that Ranbir and Alia could not come with me for darshan at Mahakaleshwar temple. I had gone to Mahakaleshwar temple before my motion poster was released. And, I had told myself that I would definitely come here before the release of my film. And, both Ranbir and Alia were keen to come with me. But, when we reached there and heard about this, I felt bad about what happened there. And, then I told Ranbir and Alia to let me go alone,” Ayan said.
It’s all about the film’s positivity
“Overall whatever happened with the controversy I feel that like the film’s tagline ‘the light is coming’, Brahmastra is all about positivities. The film has a lot of things about Indian culture that everyone can celebrate. I hope every person watching the film gets to feel that positivity. So let me take everything positively,” added the filmmaker.
Here’s the video of the whole conversation:
Helmed by Ayan Mukerji and Brahmastra has been released in theatres in four other languages – Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, and Malayalam. Apart from Alia Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor, Brahmastra: Part One– Shiva also features Amitabh Bachchan, Mouni Roy, and Nagarjuna Akkineni in pivotal roles. The film is planned to act as the first film in a planned trilogy as part of its own cinematic universe called Astraverse. Shah Rukh Khan has made a special appearance in Ranbir-Alia’s film and will be essaying the role of ‘Vanar Astra.’
Brahmastra: Part One– Shiva is produced by Star Studios, Dharma Productions, Prime Focus, and Starlight Pictures. It is one of the most expensive Indian films to date and has reportedly been produced on a budget of over Rs 410 crore.