Guest Article from Zaibi:
“Hello, I am from Pakistan and live about 20 km away from the ancient Mohenjo Daro. I am obsessed with Indus Valley Civilization for obvious reasons. I love to do research on this topic and have visited the archeological sites many times.
I was waiting for Mohenjo Daro desperately. However after watching the trailer I am not only disappointed but also pissed off with the makers. I have no problem with the VFX they used as it is their right. But they have shown the civilization in a bad light. It is quite right to say that Mohenjo Daro name is only used for publicity and actually it does not resemble with the ancient civilization at all.
Here is my take.
Wrong Portrayal of Mohenjo Daro:
I was expecting the makers to focus on how this civilization grow with the time and highlight their achievements. But the trailer is all about the love story and Hrithik’s revenge. So then why to use the name of Mohenjo Daro. Name it something else if you want to show the typical Bollywood story of a hero, heroine and a villain.
The costumes used in the film is a big letdown. There is no way that our ancestors used this kind of clothes. There was no silk at that time. Look at the dress of Pooja Hedge. She is wearing a modern dress and there are feathers on her head. How ridiculous?
People in Mohenjo Daro had dark-grey colored skin and they were actually proud of that as there was no racism at that time. But in the film, it seems that L’oreal Fairness cream was invented by them.
It is a well-known fact that horses were not used in the ancient civilization. The iron was also not discovered at that time. Little weapons were invented, though. There was a small market in the town. However, the trailer shows us the opposite picture.
Bollywood is obsessed with the idea of the love story in every film. Man, the civilization was 8000 years old and it is unbelievable to think that some women will have an outside marriage affair. And then there is a dialogue by Hrithik, “Tu meri sagini ha channi” and a french kiss. ROFL
People from Mohenjo Daro knows as Dravidian were much more civilized and advanced. They were the first one to build a city in India. Women at that time play an important part in daily routine works and enjoys a much more freedom. However, nothing such has been shown in the trailer.
Weapons and War:
Early Dravidians were peace loving people. They do not like fights or wars at all. That is why Aryans beat them and invaded their cities. But the trailer shows many fight sequences.
It is obvious that Mohenjo Daro will be made in Hindi. No one in the world can understand the language used at that period. After thousands of researchers, it is still unreadable and is called unknown language. However, the accent used in the film should have been more Sindhi. Thus, it will get a realistic touch.
I respect Ashutosh Gowarikar and agrees that he should have his creative freedom while filmmaking. But as it was based on an actual civilization, he has completed distorted the history this time.
They have hurt our sentiments and show our ancestors in a bad light. This is not what Mohenjo Daro is all about. It was the most advanced city of its time, with remarkably sophisticated civil engineering and urban planning.
We want an apology.
Zaibi is an intrapreneur and guest writer for Bollyarean. Follow him on Twitter
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