Sooryavanshi Controversy: Director Rohit Shetty Addresses ‘Good Muslim, Bad Muslim’ Narrative After Criticism

Rohit Shetty said that he doesn’t find anything objectionable in his film and stressed that he has shown many Hindu characters as antagonists in his previous movies.

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Sooryavanshi Controversy: Director Rohit Shetty Addresses ‘Good Muslim, Bad Muslim’ Narrative After Criticism
Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif starrer Sooryavanshi witness massive backlash over the ‘good Muslim, bad Muslim’ narrative in the film. 

While director Rohit Shetty celebrates the success of his recent release, he addressed the controversial narrative in the film and mentioned how he does not agree with the objection that a certain section of the audience has made regarding his latest offering.

For the unversed, the film portrays many scenes where Akshay’s character – an ATS officer is seen schooling people about the differences between a terrorist and a Muslim man who has served the country all his life. 

The much-debated topic went on to receive outbursts from the fans people have also talked about the scenes where a terrorist is seen offering prayers right before the attack.



Speaking about the same, Rohit Shetty said that he doesn’t find anything objectionable in his film. He also stressed that he has shown many Hindu characters as antagonists in his previous movie but nobody objected to that before.

“If I ask you one question – Jaykant Shikre (Prakash Raj’s character in Singham) was a Hindu, then came in this universe a Hindu Godman who was the villain (Amol Gupte in Singham 2). In Simmba, Durva Yashwant Ranade (Sonu Sood’s character) was a Maharashtrian. In these three films, negative forces were Hindu. Why wasn’t that a problem?” Rohit Shetty told the Quint.

The film also boats Ajay Devgn and Ranveer Singh’s special appearances in their respective cop roles. Meanwhile, Akshay is on a mission to stop the terrorists from causing another attack like the 1993 Mumbai Bomb blast.



While the cops are all Hindus in the movie, terrorists are shown as Muslims, most of whom have illegally travelled from Pakistan and are staying in India.

Rohit Shetty elaborated as to why he thinks the following debate is ufair and said, “There is a thought with which a film is made. We never thought that way. Why is it being discussed? If we have a sleeper cell then what caste will a sleeper cell be? Why is a bad and good person being linked to caste, when we as makers never thought about it? If it was wrong, everyone would have talked about it…few people are talking, it is their point of view which they need to change, not us.”




Sooryavanshi was released on November 5, 2021 and it revived the Indian Box Office after hitting the screens as the big Diwali release this year. The film is also released on Netflix next month.

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