Courtesy : Ali Fazal
The trailer of the much awaited crime thriller series Mirzapur 2 released this week. While many fans cannot hold their excitement for the release of the show, another bunch of people called for a boycott trend on social media.
As soon as the trailer dropped on Tuesday, Twitterverse started the #BoycottMirzapur trend, which made it to one of the top trends on Twitter.
Ali Fazal, who plays a character called Govind ‘Guddu’ Pandit in the series reacted to the #BoycottMirzapur trend as he told Times Now Digital, “We have to decide what is the bar we are setting. Are we at the mercy of a trend? No! I don’t look at art in that way. Are we at the mercy of one app that decides who will watch our show and who will not? No, I think this has really gone down."
He added: "I mean if you are really talking about trends, I never saw any trends related to farmers – there have been protests everywhere across our country. But I wouldn’t say that it’s not an important story, it’s the most important story. Pandemic suddenly has become the last story on everybody’s mind. It’s not trending anymore but it’s still supposed to be the biggest problem that we are facing. I hope the people rise above that.”
The Mirzapur series is helmed by Farhan Akhtar's Excel Entertainment. And what appears to be the reason behind netizens calling for a boycott is Ali Fazal and Farhan Akhtar's opposition to the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC).
Ali further said, “We are trying to create something nice. We are trying to also level with international work that is out there on those very platforms. We don’t want to be regressed by certain factions of society.”
Mirzapur 2 stars an ensemble cast including Pankaj Tripathi, Divyendu Sharma, Shweta Tripathi, Shriya Pilgaonkar, Rasika Dugal, Harshita Gaur and Kulbhushan Kharbanda.