The makers of Behen Hogi Teri were granted bail and are out of jail now. Producer Tony D’Souza and director Ajay Pannalal were arrested earlier this week, based on a complaint that the film’s first-look poster – featuring Rajkummar Rao as the god Shiva – offends religious sentiments.
Another producer Nitin Upadhyaya told Indian Express:
“India is a democratic country and like everyone, we too have a freedom of speech. The last few days have been stressful to put it mildly. A teaser poster released only digitally has become the fodder for some people to gain mileage. We obviously didn’t want to hurt religious sentiments but the way this all transpired has truly let us all down and deflated. We are new producers but all three of us (Tony D’Souza, Nitin Upadhyaya and I) have been a part of this industry for eons.”
Upadhyaya feels that ‘cinema people’ are easy targets for such cases. “Movies are scapegoat in this country, but this situation has been uncalled for to begin with. Our poster wasn’t put out in front of cinema halls across the nation, the CBFC has also passed the movie. But still it’s so easy for anyone to have their way which is truly shocking. We hope our stand of not bowing down to this bullying goes on a big way.”
The film with Rajkummar Rao and Shruti Haasan in the lead roles, is scheduled to release later this year.