Bollywood actor Said Ali Khan’s recent release Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior alongside Ajay Devgn is doing wonders at the Box Office achieving new feats with each passing day. But seems like the Saif has called in for some trouble after he commented on India’s history in a recent interview and fell into the lap of criticism leading to a severe backlash.
Tanhaji based on the epic battle fought by Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s confidant Tanaji Malusare. While the film impressed many, there were a few who pointed out that the filmmaker has taken a few liberties with the history and mend it towards populist political narrative.
Saif Ali Khan in a recent interview with Film Companion when asked about the liberties, he said, “For some reason, I didn’t take a stand. Maybe next time I would. I was very excited to play the role because it’s a delicious role. But when people say this is history, I don’t think this is history. I am quite aware of what the history was. I don’t think there was a concept of India till perhaps the British gave it one. I don’t think there is really any constructive point in arguing about loudly, provided you yourself know why you’re doing it.”
It was this comment that brought all the backlash and it is evident that the trolls are angry with the star’s statement.
The people who criticized his comment also include filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri who wrote, “There was no concept of India till British came” When your student gives a duffer answer but teacher gives full marks. No wonder this stupid Film Critic refused to review #TheTashkentFiles and now is unhappy with the success of @ajaydevgn’s #Tanhaji.”
“There was no concept of India till British came”
When your student gives a duffer answer but teacher gives full marks. No wonder this stupid Film Critic refused to review #TheTashkentFiles and now is unhappy with the success of @ajaydevgn’s #Tanhaji pic.twitter.com/QmoYh2lQfK
— Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri (@vivekagnihotri) January 19, 2020
Below are a few tweets compiled:
For Saif Ali khan it wasn’t. And neither for his family. They were the rulers and citizens of their own state getting milk powder and a lot more directly from London and god knows where. He still lives in the world before the British. No wonder the son is named Taimur.
— Hitesh Dubey (@TheHiteshDubey) January 20, 2020
Bollywood ‘history buff’ #SaifAliKhan claims “there was no concept of ‘India’ until the British came.”
Yeah right. French East India Company was about China & Vasco D’Gama went to Fiji.
Last time he invoked he invoked ‘history’ he named his son ‘Timur’
— Tarek Fatah (@TarekFatah) January 19, 2020
Another radical izlamist exposes his bigotry
Taimur Ali Khan ke abba se yehi umeed thi 😖pic.twitter.com/eweImKene1
— Archie (@archu243) January 19, 2020
Yes, #SaifAliKhan is right. The concept of India was forced by Britishers who rules us. It was earlier BharatVarsh, which has a great history associated with the Great Ashoka.
Some people just want to be politically correct, not historical correct. Shame!! pic.twitter.com/Irbs7h7YY2
— Naren Charan (@NarenCharan) January 20, 2020
— Nandini 🇮🇳 (@NAN_DINI_) January 19, 2020
#saifalikhan should look this images long back before freedom(republish 1987) this map was exist so read history before quoting it mr. Saif see the places and their names. We have map which were 1000's of year back but this is enough for u right now pic.twitter.com/HBCTPVk2rm
— Rahul kumar verma 🇮🇳 🇮 (@Rahul_rkverma) January 19, 2020
— Sankatmochan (@Sankatm52875847) January 20, 2020
Tanhaji starring Ajay, Saif, Kajol and others, hit the big screens on January 10.