Prakash Jha reacts to notice over ‘controversial depiction of Hindu saints in Aashram’

Prakash Jha reacts to notice over ‘controversial depiction of Hindu saints in Aashram’


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Filmmaker Prakash Jha recently released the show Aashram starring Bobby Deol which streams for free on MX Player. According to Jha, the show has raked in one billion (100 crores) views. Earlier, before Part 2 was released in November, he had said that the first part had raked in 400 million views.
In an interview, the filmmaker said that the viewership figures are proof that audiences are liking the show. For the uninformed, it was reported yesterday that the filmmaker was served a notice, along with actor Bobby Deol, for the show’s depiction of a godman.
Speaking about the controversies surrounding Aashram 2, Jha said, “When you make something that affects the masses, a polarised reaction is to be expected”, adding that no Hinduphobic sentiments are being propagated on the show and that there’s no mention of any religion.
Speaking further about the show’s viewership, Jha said, “They kept rising, but I was really surprised to see it cross the 1 billion mark. From this I gauged that people love to watch such content; I can’t imagine why though!”
“During my research, all of which is in the public domain, I learned how these organisations function, and even those who go there exploit such places to absolve themselves of their sins. I had to sift through a lot of mundane stuff to explore the relationships these self-proclaimed godmen have with women, police, investigative agencies, politicians, the youth, and also drug cartels,” he said. 
The filmmaker had taken a similar stand when he was served a notice by the Karni Sena, ahead of the release of Part 2 of the show. “Who am I to make a judgment on their demand? We had 400 million-plus views for the first season. I think viewers are the best placed to decide on ‘negative goodwill’. Shall we leave it to them?” he had told SpotboyE. 
While the first two parts of the show, in which Bobby plays a ‘dhongi baba’, were released back-to-back, Jha said that they were shot as one part. 
Jha revealed that he is already working on what “will be the actual Part 2”, and will focus on the downfall of Baba Nirala.



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