The makers of Sunny, the upcoming web series starring Shahid Kapoor and Vijay Sethupathi, have been accused of insulting Mahatma Gandhi after residents of Madhuban, Vasai East found fake Rs 2000 notes lying on the road where the series was being shot on Sunday, Mid-day reported.
Locals have demanded police action against those responsible for scattering the notes featuring Gandhi’s portrait and forcing people to walk on them.
According to the report, on Monday, joggers found the road in Madhuban scattered with hundreds of fake Rs 2000 notes with the portrait of Gandhi. These notes were reportedly used in the shooting of the web series, which happened there on Sunday.
“The notes are duplicate and issued by Children Bank of India, but the portrait of Mahatma Gandhi on them is original. The notes are scattered everywhere and people are forced to walk on them. It is utter disrespect to the father of the nation, whose birthday we celebrated just a few days ago,” said Kiran Chendvankar, former Shiv Sena corporator.
She also told the daily that the notes were used for an accident sequence of the web series. “After the accident [scene], a huge amount of duplicate notes got scattered on the road in Madhuban,” she added.
Another resident of Madhuban, Hoshiyar Singh Dasoni, told the publication, “Shooting crews leave the area in a mess every time. The surroundings are littered with used water bottles, plates, napkins, cigarette butts, etc. The joggers have to suffer. Yesterday [Sunday], the shooting team left the roads littered with duplicate currency notes with the portrait of Gandhi. This was utterly shocking and disrespectful.”
Speaking about the issue, Zonal Deputy Commissioner of Police Sanjay Kumar Patil told Mid-day, “They had secured the permission for the shoot. Our inquiry is underway regarding the disrespect of Mahatma Gandhi.”
A spokesperson for the producers, however, said no fake notes were left behind. “We have shot this series with all due permissions and guidelines in place. We have a dedicated team that ensures no fake notes are left behind after each scene. We have the utmost respect for Mahatma Gandhi and have absolutely no intent of disrespecting him.”
Silverscreen India has reached out to Deputy Commissioner Sanjay Patil for comment.
The show, which is co-written by Sita R Menon, Suman Kumar, and Hussain Dalal, will stream on Amazon Prime Video. It is touted as a quirky drama thriller series filled with the director duo’s trademark dark and wry humour.