Following the huge success of his film Pathaan, filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri recently showered accolades on Shah Rukh Khan. Days after criticizing the film's song Besharam Rang, the director has now attacked people who protested the film. A video of Vivek's interview surfaced on Reddit, leaving viewers with conflicting feelings.
Vivek stated on Twitter last year that he received threats as a result of his comments on Besharam Rang. He had posted a video criticizing the song in which Deepika and Shah Rukh were romancing in Spain. He tweeted, "WARNING... video against Bollywood. Don’t watch it if you are a 'secular'." Following the release of Besharam Rang, various individuals criticized the song's lyrics and costumes. A handful of them also demanded that the film be boycotted.
Talking about the film now, Vivek Agnihotri said, "Pathaan worked purely because of the charisma and fan following of Shah Rukh. The way he marketed it. And the way he took it on his shoulders that ‘it is my film, and I am responsible for it’, which is pretty good.”
“I also think that some credit should also go to people who were making stupid statements against the film. And people who were unnecessarily protesting and asking for a boycott. These are different people from the regular ‘boycott Bollywood gang’. There is one kind that is always been saying ‘boycott Bollywood’ for everything for many years. These were new players in the market and there was no need for them to do this. There were some violent factors who were saying we will burn this and burn that and that, I think, also contributed to this. And of course, our media channels,” he added.