The Sadak 2 trailer has become the most disliked of its kind ever on YouTube and has come in for immense backlash in entertainment news circles, owing to the presence of Alia Bhatt and being directed by Mahesh Bhatt, both of whom have drawn anger (most of it misguided) through unfounded allegations for their perceived hand in Sushant Singh Rajput's suicide. Now, Kunal Kemmu is one actor who is, what one could call, the “proverbial outsider” while also a part of two of the oldest film families of Bollywood — the Kapoors and the Khan/Pataudis — through marriage. Having a bird's-eye to both words, we quizzed the actor in an exclusive interview about the Sadak 2 backlash, and as expected, he offered a balanced perspective from both sides.
“You see, right now, there is a lot of noise. But what is also interesting to see is that this noise somewhere started on a very legit issue, but it kind of got misguided because there is noise and everybody is talking. It's like how sometimes at a railway station you would see someone hitting somebody else and then a crowd would gather and begin hitting that person without having a clue and then ask why they did so. They had no clue why they hit that person. So, half of the people are among those who don't know everything. I can only speak for myself, it's a democracy, everybody has a right to say what they say,” said Kunal Kemmu.
“I feel what is important is that there is a basic issue that needs to be addressed and fixed, which should not be forgotten in all the hatred that we're trying to show. But, at the same time, you also have to understand that people are agitated only by certain things, they're not agitated by everything. So, the problem is not with the entire industry. Having said that, it's slightly unfortunate and misdirected when one person (in this case, Alia Bhatt) is put under the spotlight and victimised for, honestly, not that person's fault, I think. But, this is the time when all of this is coming out, so, you have to face it,” added the Lootcase actor.
Highlighting how the conversation needs to continue and achieve something once theatres open and not merely be confined to the social-media space, Kunal elaborated, “There are times when I feel that I could talk about my own personal frustrations and agendas and this is the scenario for it, but that is not going to achieve anything. We need a healthier marketplace, and right now it's important that the people who make this business run are finally interested in it, are talking about it, and I hope that is not social-media banter that's going on and it's actually a mindset, which we will only know when we return to theatres because on OTT, it's very easy to celebrate or put down a film, but we don't really know how the business works.”
“It will not change my life professionally in a way because when theatres reopen, I'll still be judged by my last box office, which has to change. So, we will only know then. It's one thing to show hate to a person or film on social media. We will see if you'll buy those tickets or not, that'll happen then. So, when that happens, then we'll be able to comment on this environment that we're in,” concluded the actor.
Sadak 2 is a sequel to the 1991 cult action film, Sadak, with Sanjay Dutt reprising his role, and Mahesh Bhatt returning to the Director's chair after 21 years. Beside Alia Bhatt, it also stars Aditya Roy Kapur, Makarand Deshpande, Gulshan Grover, Jisshu Sengupta, Priyanka Bose and Mohan Kapur. The film will premiere directly on Disney Hotstar on an OTT Platform.
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