Leena Yadav, director of the recently released movie ‘Parched’ has alleged that she is receiving threats over the depiction of one of her movie character.
Leena has alleged that she is receiving calls from the Rabari community in Gujarat, who seem to have taken offense to actress Tannishtha Chatterjee’s clothes in the movie.
According to Leena, the community is upset that the clothes that are worn by Tannishtha, are same as that of women in their community.
“They have been calling my husband, giving life threats to us. We have been getting obnoxious calls, non-stop saying ‘You don’t know what we can do to you’.”
Following the threats Leena and her husband has lodged a FIR at Oshiwara police station Mumbai.
‘Parched’, which has been produced by Ajay Devgn’s production house, is a social drama depicting life and hardship of four women who live in rural India.
Leena further says that she is also afraid for a fellow member of the film unit who is in Gujarat and helped her in creating the dialect for the movie.
She claims that even he is getting life threatening calls from the community.
“Considering the situation right now that we have around us, as a filmmaker I feel scared to even name a character in my film. It is really scary.”
Leena said that the characters of Radhika Apte, Surveen Chawla, and others are fictitious, and the story is set in a fictitious village.
“It is set in a fictitious village, there are two disclaimers in the movie, one in the beginning and one in the end saying the same. It has got nothing to do with religion, but is about the stories of women.”
Leena is appalled at people’s reaction and says people need to “look at the larger issue” than nitpick about other things.
“People all over the world said it is our film, they related to it, so it is sad that people here are saying it isn’t theirs. They are still stuck on clothes and do not want to look at the larger issue. We need to rise above all of this.”