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Sacred Games 2 Co-director Has the Perfect Response to Fan Comparing Mob Lynching Scene to 'Item Number'

Neeraj Ghaywan was called out on Twitter for a scene in 'Sacred Games 2' that shows a young muslim boy being lynched by a mob. Here's his response.


Updated:August 26, 2019, 11:18 AM IST
Sacred Games 2 Co-director Has the Perfect Response to Fan Comparing Mob Lynching Scene to 'Item Number'
Image of Neeraj Ghaywan, a still from Sacred Games 2, courtesy of Instagram and YouTube

Scared Games 2 has tasted its fair share of controversy ever since the latest season aired on Netflix. First, Delhi MLA Manjinder Singh Sirsa called out filmmaker Anurag Kashyap for disrespecting Sikhism by showing a character (Sartaj Singh played by Saif Ali Khan) throw away his kada (religious ornament) in the sea and now co-director Neeraj Ghaywan is being targeted online for putting a scene in which a muslim boy is being lynched by a mob of young people.

Read: Delhi MLA Manjinder Singh Sirsa Raps Sacred Games 2 Makers for Hurting Sikh Pride

On Sunday, a Twitter user compared the lynching scene of a young Muslim to an item number, citing that the scene had no connection with the story. The user wrote, "Other directors put an item number in their movies which has no connection with the story, Anurag kashyap put a mob-lynching in his show which had no connection with the story #SacredGamesS2."

However, Neeraj replied to the user saying that, “You didn’t have the courage to put up even a solidarity tweet when a real lynching has happened. And now to hide your lack of narrative understanding, you equate someone’s courage to put it up on a global platform as ‘item number’? Amazing!”

In another tweet, Neeraj wrote, "I directed the lynching scene. Surely you can say it didn’t work for YOU or that you didn’t get it. You have no idea how difficult it is put out something like that with your real name. And when you discredit it by appropriating it to something frivolous as item number, it hurts!"

Sacred Games 2 stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Pankaj Tripathi and Kalki Koechlin in lead roles, besides Saif Ali Khan. Directed by Neeraj and Anurag, it has Vikramaditya Motwane and Varun Grover as the principal showrunners.

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