After the film's trailer's release last week, Mardaani 2 landed in trouble as residents of Kota expressed disapproval at the fact that their city was being shown in a bad light. Puthran, the writer-director 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 faces."
I got troubled by 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," Puthran added. He continued to express, “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.”
Puthran says that Kota is only a setting and there is no implied meaning of any kind, “Despite all the inspirations, Mardaani 2 at the end of the day is a film and not a documentary and it should see like that. Kota has 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.”
However, the director still apologized saying, “If this has hurt or upset the sentiments of residents of the city, we are deeply regretful. We realize that since the trailer says it's 'Inspired By True Events' and our film bases in Kota, it could be open to miscommunication.”
He concluded by saying, “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 it's wonderful people.” Puthran said that they will remove the statement ‘Inspired By True Events’ to prevent further misinterpretation.