Pankaj Kapur addresses claims that his film “Bheed” is anti-Indian
The veteran actor Pankaj Kapur was shocked to see the trailer for his upcoming film, Bheed, labelled as “anti-India” online. The film depicts the hardships endured by migrant workers in 2020, a year when society has effectively shut down due to the effects of the Covid-19 virus.
As the trailer’s voiceover states, “Ek baar phir hua tha batwara, 2020 mein (Once again there was a partition, in in 2020),” some internet commentators have claimed that the filmmaker is trying to create controversy by drawing parallels to 1947’s partition. Pankaj Kapur, however, disagreed and stated to Indian Express that the film must be seen in order to fully grasp the story. He continued by saying that Anubhav Sinha has taken a specific example and constructed a narrative around it. The film, according to Pankaj Kapur, is not making a “good, bad, or ugly” statement; rather, it is merely illuminating the inner workings of human minds. Bheed describes the plight of thousands of migrant workers who found it difficult to get back to their rural communities after working in large cities. Anubhav Sinha helms the drama.
Filmgoers can catch Rajkummar Rao, Bhumi Pednekar, Dia Mirza, Ashutosh Rana, Kritika Kamra, and Kumud Mishra in “Bheed,” which is set to premiere on March 24.