Neetu Chandra writes open letter to Alia Bhatt, Udta Punjab director Abhishek Chaubey

Neetu Chandra has penned an open letter to Abhishek Chaubey and Alia Bhatt for the way people of Bihar have been portrayed in "Udta Punjab".

By: IANS | Mumbai | Published: April 28, 2016 1:38 pm
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Actress Neetu Chandra has penned an open letter to director Abhishek Chaubey and actress Alia Bhatt for the way people of Bihar have been portrayed in their upcoming film “Udta Punjab”.

In the letter, Neetu wrote: “It’s disturbing to see the way Biharis have been portrayed in Hindi cinema over the last few years, the recent example being Alia Bhatt’s character from ‘Udta Punjab’ and from whatever one understands from the promo of the film, director Abhishek Chaubey is guilty of strengthening the stereotype of Biharis by creating Bhatt’s character the way it is, in ‘Udta Punjab’.”

Alia plays a Bihari migrant in “Udta Punjab”, which tackles the drug menace in Punjab.

Neetu also stresses on the fact that unfortunately, “almost all the films made by Prakash Jha, who also hails from Bihar, have always stereotyped Biharis showing them corrupt politicians, cops and gangsters and in his movies.

“Bihar was always exaggerated to be the most dangerous place to visit as his films showed only either kidnapping and robbery and murders not realising that he himself along with leading Bollywood actors (part of his films) are maligning the name of Bihar whose history has been the most richest in the world.”

“The first educational university was set up in Rajgir, near Nalanda (Bihar) and several respected religions including Jainism, Buddhism and Sikhism roots have developed in Bihar.

“Visionaries and scholars like Rajendra Prasad (first President of Republic of India), Ustad Bismillah Khan (Shehnai maestro)… among several hundreds of stalwarts of the world belong to Bihar. So why none of the makers from Bihar and outside Bihar have ever made stories and films on these stories? Because they think that they will keep making fun of Bihars in their films and TV programmes and no one will say anything against them,” Neetu added.

She has urged people to stop “stereotyping Bihar because you have seen Bihar through your ears not through your eyes”.

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    Hina Khan
    Apr 28, 2016 at 9:23 am
    There is nothing wrong in telling the true stories through the medium of Cinema. Films are very representation of society and as far as Bihar in Udta Punjab is concerned, there is nothing wrong with Alia's looks. It has been portra the way it has to be or it is. Also I would like to draw attention towards movies portraying the reality of Uttar Pradesh, one of the Indian states. I hail from UP and I dont mind watching Cinema based on UP stories. This is no stereotyping, just the reality. Agreed that apart from this, there is a lot to talk about in the state of Bihar but again Neetu Chandra hold your guns.
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      Kunal Rajput
      Apr 29, 2016 at 5:58 am
      Very well said.. n Thts true.. recent Bollywood movies have tried their level best to spoil the image of bihar... n it is sad tht they r still not tht open minded to Learn frm bihar.. bihar has its own culture n Thts unique.. culture should nt be compared.. it should be respected.. i reqst tht Bollywood people to think 100 times before they pen down a script..
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        RR
        Apr 28, 2016 at 10:57 am
        Totally agree with Nitu...it has bcom a habit to wrongly sterotype Bihar and people of Bihar as ultimate sufferer and jokers on whom any one cld do sht. And I bet none of them can compete with and intelligence and hardship of Biharis who are top of almost every white collar jobs from IIT to Medical system to IAS. People of Bihar should in fact boycott such movies. Strange that Punjab's agriculture success is more about the migrant farmers from Bihar working in Punjab than Punjabis who are either driving taxi in Canada or drugged in booze and weeds. If anything glorious has happened to Punjab, it is its ociation with Bihar which saw its green revolution, and which saw its highly revered Khalsa Pant under GuruGobind Singh Patna Wale!
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          SV
          May 12, 2016 at 11:31 am
          Every community in India has been stereotyped to a point that it isn't even factually correct. Blame it on cinematic freedom of expression. So it isn't just limited to one state. But then again given the current state of Bihar specifically, doesn't seem so unreal!then again, everyone is enled to their opinion!
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