Actor Kamal Haasan wasn’t the least bit surprised about the controversy over Behen Hogi Teri. The film, which stars Shruti Haasan as the female lead, was in the news last week for a poster depicting Rajkummar Rao dressed as Lord Shiva.
In an interview with DNA India, Kamal said:
“I was not the least bit surprised with such extreme retaliations. Our country is quickly losing its sense of humour. The sooner we realise it, the better for all of us in this business of entertainment,” he said.
A special preview of the film has been organised for Kamal Haasan by the Behen Hogi Teri makers. Kamal revealed that while he usually stays away from watching Shruti’s films, he made an exception for this Hindi rom-com.
“We don’t discuss work when we meet. Unlike me, she is very sure of what she wants. For a very long time, I stayed away from Shruti’s films, fearful that I will be either over-critical or over-indulgent. But now, I think we can both look at each other’s work dispassionately,” he said.
Behen Hogi Teri‘s producer Tony D’Souza and director Ajay Pannalal were arrested last month, based on a complaint that the film’s first-look poster – featuring Rajkummar Rao as the god Shiva – offends religious sentiments.
Incidentally, this year Kamal was involved in a similar controversy where his comments directed at the Mahabharata caused a stir among a right-winged religious outfit down South. Last month he filed a petition with the Madurai branch of the Madras High Court seeking an exemption from appearing before the Judicial Magistrate in Valliyoor.