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Director Prakash Jha speaks up on the backlash against Mahesh Bhatt’s Sadak 2

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Earlier this month, Vishesh Films owned by Mahesh Bhatt and his brother, Mukesh Bhatt, released the first trailer of their upcoming film, Sadak 2, starring Alia Bhatt, Aditya Roy Kapoor, Sanjay Dutt and Pooja Bhatt.

However, due to rage of the netizens who still hold the Bhatt family accountable for the death of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput, the Sadak 2 trailer became the most disliked trailer on YouTube. The trailer had 10 million dislikes and was later taken down due to the hate.

In a recent interview, famous Bollywood director Prakash Jha opens up about the backlash against Sadak 2 and also compliments Alia Bhatt as an
actress.

“There’s no denying that Alia Bhatt is a fantastic actress and that Mahesh Bhatt sahab is an excellent Director, who has made many great movies. To drag them down over some theories that have no evidence because people are saying whatever they want makes no sense. I don’t follow social media
much but what’s happening in the case of Sadak 2, if it has become the most disliked video like they say, and if it’s only for this reason (people assuming
the Bhatts had some hand to play in Sushant Singh Rajput’s death or ouster from the industry), then it’s obnoxious, very sad and very unfair,” he said in a recent interview.

Talking about the conspiracy theories, the director said, “Maybe there were certain offers where Sushant Singh Rajput was kind of like pushed out, I don’t know, but that happens all the time. You can’t make that as a general rule and some people who are trying to make a big thing out of it, it’s
obnoxious, I don’t feel it’s right. This is a part of this life. But think about it, the guy was doing such good work. When you come to Mumbai to prove yourself in the film industry, be prepared to strive and work very hard and to take rejection as many times as it happens because eventually, when you’ll get accepted, you shine. That is the beauty of this world.”

The director further expresses his take on the insider-outsider debate that has been going on lately. He said, “Of course, there should be less pain for the people stepping in, but these days, the guys coming want to make it in two years or even one year, thinking everything is on the shelf. But, no, it
doesn’t happen this year. I work with people who are fresh and new and who are established. Many a times, I hear of guys or newcomers who meet me later and say that they have visited my office so many times, but never got to meet me. But, when I’m at my office or shooting outdoors, I want to do my work. That’s what my time is for. I’ll meet you when we are casting for a film, and that, too, through the casting directors. But I see many new people want success in a year or two. It doesn’t work that way. You have to be patient, you have to be ready to face a lot of rejection. You can’t be
disheartened so soon.”

When asked if the frustration of being rejected instigated the new actors to vent and spread hate on social media, he concluded by saying, “Yes, that
could be right. Many a time nowadays, people are getting frustrated for not getting success here (in Bollywood) quickly and that frustration could be
spilling over onto these dislikes and backlash against those coming from film families.”