Production company Excel Entertainment issued a statement on Friday announcing that changes will be made to the scene in Mirzapur 2 that features author Surender Mohan Pathak’s book Dhabba.
The decision comes after the author wrote a letter complaining about the way his work was portrayed in the scene.
Apologising to Pathak, creator and writer of Mirzapur 2 Puneet Krishna wrote, “It has been brought to my notice by you that there is a scene in the recently released series – Mirzapur Season 2 – which depicts a character named Satyanand Tripathi, reading a book named ‘Dhabba’ which as been written by you and this depiction is supplemented with an unrelated voiceover (VO) which has hurt your sentiments and the sentiments of your fans and well-wishers.
We sincerely apologize for the same and would like to convey to you that this was not done with any malicious intent or to tarnish/damage your reputation. We are aware that you are a writer of repute and your work is held in high regard in the world of Hindi crime fiction.
We would like to assure you that to rectify this situation, as discussed with you and as per your wishes, we will blur the book-cover in the scene or remove the VO within a reasonable time of 3 weeks.
Once again, please accept our sincerest apologies for inadvertently hurting your sentiments.”
Pathak responded to the statement and wrote, “We thank you for considering our letter and for your reply. We accept your apology and expect that the rectification will take place within the 3 weeks’ time as requested by you.”
The controversial scene shows actor Kulbhushan Kharbanda reading Pathak’s work with a voiceover that is unrelated to the book. On Tuesday, the author issued a statement against the makers of the show and claimed that the voiceover in the scene is ‘sheer porno’. He wrote, “The object appears to be an attempt to tarnish my image as a celebrated writer of Hindi crime fiction who is ruling the roost since last several decades. The sequence defames me as an author and puts me in bad light as a well-known mystery writer which I am since more than the last five decades.”
The author also threatened to take legal action against the makers of Mirzapur 2 if they did not change the scene within a week.
Letter to the makers of #Mirzapur2 for misrepresentation of novel “DHABBA”. @excelmovies @PrimeVideoIN @PrimeVideo @ritesh_sid @FarOutAkhtar @PuneetKrishna @krnx @gurmmeet #Mirzapur2 #MirzapurOnPrime pic.twitter.com/6g66wleUso
— SurenderMohan Pathak (@SurenderMPathak) October 27, 2020