Recently, the first song from the highly-anticipated Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone starrer Pathaan movie was released by Yash Raj Films and it has taken the internet by storm, but not necessarily for the right reasons. ‘Besharam Rang’ has caused a huge controversy with Deepika Padukone in the eye of the storm.
Now it seems like Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also weighed in on the controversy surrounding the movie, albeit indirectly.
What did PM Modi say about the Pathaan movie controversy?
During a speech, the Prime Minister was quoted as saying “We work hard day and night and then some of us make needless comments about films….. we should refrain from making unnecessary controversial comments”.
The PM’s comments come in light of some politicians making threats and asking people to boycott the film over the ‘Besharam Rang’ controversy. His comments were appreciated by many on Twitter.
‘We work hard day and night and then some of us make needless comments about films and that dominates the media and tv. We should refrain from making unnecessary controversial comments..’ PM @narendramodi at BJP national executive. Message to BOYCOTT BRIGADE? Sure hope so!👍
— Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) January 17, 2023
YRF also dropped the movie Pathaan’s trailer recently
With the film’s release just a week away, fans are eagerly waiting with bated breath to see King Khan return to the big screen after a gap of four years. Khan, who is also reuniting with Deepika Padukoka after 2014’s Happy New Year, is playing the titular character that is said to be part of the YRF Spy Universe as well.
Burj Khalifa lights up to celebrate Pathaan’s release
— Harminder 🍿🎬🏏 (@Harmindarboxoff) January 14, 2023
The craze for SRK’s latest film is unlike anything we’ve seen before. Case in point? The film’s trailer was showcased on the Burj Khalifa. Now that’s taking marketing to another level.
What’s the Besharam Rang controversy from the movie Pathaan about?
While the song has quite a catchy tune, with Shilpa Rao’s enchanting voice perfectly complementing Vishal and Shekhar’s music, and both Deepika and Shah Rukh look absolutely glamorous, the song is being trolled for its choreography and Deepika’s clothes, specifically a saffron-coloured bikini. Apparently, the choice of using a saffron-coloured bikini is hurting the religious sentiments of some people. The title of the song, which can roughly be translated to ‘shameless colour’, has also become a sore point for these people as they are equating it to the saffron colour that Deepika wears in the video.
Due to the controversy, there have been calls to get the song banned from the movie Pathaan. An advocate has even filed a written complaint with the Information & Broadcasting Ministry for the same.
@vineetJindal19 filed written complaint with I&B ministry office of @ianuragthakur to seeking ban on song #BesharamRang in movie patan for vulgarity while warning Saffron color and lyrics of song and request to take legal action against #ShahRukhKhan & #DeepikaPadukone.
— Adv.Vineet Jindal (@vineetJindal19) December 15, 2022
There have also been some highly shocking calls for violence against theatres that screen the movie, although thankfully these have been in the minority so far. On the flip side, there have been numerous people who have come out in support of the movie Pathaan, Deepika Padukone, and the song by calling the controversy frivolous and unnecessary.
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What members of the industry are saying about the Besharam Rang controversy?
Members of the industry have also weighed in on the controversy. Veteran actress Ratna Pathak Shah has slammed the controversy by stating that people don’t have their priorities straight. She was quoted as saying, “People don’t have enough to eat, and we are fussing over who is wearing what clothes?” She further added, “I would say we are living in very silly times, if these are the things that are on top of your mind.”
Besides the veteran actress, other members of the industry have also spoken out on the controversy –
Can’t imagine that the most important thing to debate for a bunch of politicians (whose claim to fame is propagating hate and dividing the country & instigating violence) & the mainstream media is the costume worn by two actors for a song! #unemployment #inflation #ClimateCrisis
— iamOnir (@IamOnir) December 16, 2022
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The funniest memes about Besharam Rang from the movie Pathaan
The song has also cause a meme fest on social media, thanks to a particular step that Deepika Padukone does during the song. The memes have helped lower the temperature and make light of the controversy.
Me trying to find chappal under bed pic.twitter.com/0F9tieFCIB
— Sad we (@sadhvinarula) December 12, 2022
— maryam مريم (@iamaryamh) December 12, 2022
me thinking about shawarma pic.twitter.com/FaTDna5iS3
— gordon (@gordonramashray) December 12, 2022
What’s the movie Pathaan about?
Directed by Siddharth Anand, Pathaan is the fourth installment in the YRF Spy Universe, after Ek Tha Tiger, Tiger Zinda Hai, and War. The film stars Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone in lead roles, with John Abraham playing the main antagonist. The film will also feature cameo appearances from Hrithik Roshan and Salman Khan who are said to be reprising their roles from War and the Tiger franchise, respectively.
Watch Besharan Rang’s video below:
(Main and feature image credits: Instagram/@Deepika Padukone)