More trouble for Radhika Apte’s ‘Parched’
Rabari community seeking a ban on Parched
More trouble for Radhika Apte’s ‘Parched’:- Though the movie is garnering accolades internationally as well as nationally, the recently released movie Parched which stars Radhika Apte, Surveen Chawla, Tannishta Chatterjee and Adil Hussain is facing trouble from the Rabari community of Gujarat, who are seeking a ban on the film.
Director Leena Yadav’s husband Aseem Bajaj, who is also the producer of Parched has started getting threatening calls with the dire consequences if it has not been pulled out of cinemas immediately.
The makers of these threat calls have claimed that the outfits in in the film are similar to what the Rabari women wear and therefore, this in return shows them in a poor light and is further defaming their community.
Director Leena Yadav denies any relation with Rabari community
Director Leena has told a tabloid, “It is a scary scenario. My husband has been getting threat calls. I do not know how those people have got his number, but since the film has released on Friday, he has been getting calls from some random numbers. They are hurling expletives and have told him that the Rabaris are a six-million-strong community, so he should be wary. He has also been flooded with nasty messages on WhatsApp as well.” Hence, as to the precautionary measure, she has filed a complaint with the Oshiwara police in Mumbai. “The cops have even asked for the numbers from which the calls have been coming,” Leena adds.
But, Yadav claims that in her film, there is no mention of the Rabari community. “I have not even named any community, caste or religion. There is a disclaimer about the resemblance too. They are reacting to the costumes. I have used a mix of Gujarati and Rajasthani costumes. But, that community feels it looks like theirs. If I wear a costume from Thailand, I do not become a Thai. Our identity is not made by the clothes we wear,” she explains.
Initially, Yadav and husband had tried talking to the makers of threat calls, but they have denied settling for anything less than a ban. Also, last Thursday, the Gujarat High Court had issued some notices to the Central Government, the Central Board of Film Certification and Leena acting on a PIL which sought a ban on the film’s release.
The petition was filed by Masarubhai Rinabhai Rabari who had demanded the ban on the pretext that the movie is against the sentiments of his community. This matter will further come up for hearing in the court today.