'Hinduphobic Anurag Basu' trends on Twitter over 'Ludo' scene
Amid the appreciation that director Anurag Basu received for his recently-released dark comedy movie Ludo, a section of people have come to slam the filmmaker for allegedly showing Hinduism in a demeaning manner. Addressing a scene featuring actor Rajkummar Rao, many social media users trolled the movie and called Anurag "Hinduphobic." Ludo was released on November 12. Here is more on this.
The controversial Ramleela scene features Rajkummar as Ravana's sister Surpanakha as she encounters Lord Rama. The actor utters the words, "Hey sundar nar, main teri deewani hoon, tu mera Bajirao, main teri Mastani hoon," followed by a Hindi cuss word. This did not sit well with many from the Hindu community and they bashed the film and director Anurag.
Users on social media said the scene was shameful and demeaning, and termed Anurag "Hinduphobic." Sharing the scene, a user wrote, "Use of abusive language while showing a scene from Ramayan is disrespectful," while using the trend "Hinduphobic Anurag Basu." Another user asked, "Would Anurag Basu ever show such scenes of other religions and dream of being untouched?"
Use of Abusive Language while showing a scene from Ramayan..!— 🚩Harshad Dhamale™ 🇮🇳 (@iDivineArjuna) November 27, 2020
Rajkumar Rao who is playing Surkpnakha is seen abusing in scene..!
This is defaming of Holy Scripture Ramayan..!@Av_ADH#Hinduphobic_AnuragBasu pic.twitter.com/Xv9ht86BMk
Ludo directed by #Hinduphobic_AnuragBasu chooses to depict our gods in such a demeaning manner.— Guruprasad Gowda (@Gp_hjs) November 27, 2020
We have just seen how a cartoon led to #Parisbehading and worldwide protests
Would Anurag Basu ever show such scenes of other religions and dream of being untouched ? pic.twitter.com/k1imuql0DA
Slamming the movie over the scene, another Twitter user wrote, "Ramleela is a devotional play for Hindus for their spiritual emotion unto Shri Ram. The country is getting set to build grand Ram Mandir and Hinduphobic Anurag Basu has denigrated Ramleela in film Ludo (sic)." Apart from the Ramleela scene, many other sequences showing Hindu gods and practices were slammed as well.
Ludo, starring Abhishek Bachchan, Rajkummar, Pankaj Tripathi and others, was released on November 12 and has managed to impress the audience and critics. The comical blend of four different stories weaved together with reference to the board game of Ludo has garnered appreciation for its screenplay, cinematography and music. In fact, the makers are also planning a sequel to the movie.
However, this is not the first time that a Bollywood movie has received hatred for its portrayal of Hindu gods. Earlier, Aamir Khan's 2014 movie PK was called "anti-national" and "Hinduphobic" for allegedly demeaning Hindu Gods. More recently, Akshay Kumar's latest release, Laxmii, also landed in trouble for similar reasons. A section of people said it mocked Hindu deities and allegedly promoted love jihad.