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A day after Udta Punjab’s trailer was released, actress Neetu Chandra wrote an open letter flaying Alia Bhatt and the movie’s director Abhishek Chaubey for enforcing what she (Neetu) felt was typical Bihari stereotypes through Alia’s character in the film. (Read: Neetu Chandra writes open letter to Alia Bhatt, Udta Punjab director Abhishek Chaubey)
Responding to Neetu’s criticism, Alia said, “I feel anybody makes assumptions based on what they see in the trailer. I think it is better for us to keep quiet than say anything because whatever people are assuming especially the person in question over here (Neetu) is doing so from the trailer and it could also possibly not be true.”
Advising Neetu and other sceptics to watch the film before passing a judgement, Alia said, ” We always make assumptions before seeing the full film. Trailer is just a tease or hint. Film is the real content we are putting out there. So after seeing the film if people have the same thoughts then it is correct to justify but before that one should just wait.”
Director Chaubey, too, concurred with Alia’s thoughts.