Saif as a Dalit? Not safe...!
Source: DailyBhaskar.in | Last Updated 17:14(13/05/11)
A Dalit group in Kanpur is upset with Prakash Jha for casting royal
Saif Ali Khan as a Dalit in his next film 'Aarakshan'. The movie that
deals with reservation issue has Chhote Nawab playing Deepak Kumar, a
member of the backward caste.
A certain Dalit Suraksha Samiti has sent Jha a letter of protest at
his Patna office, claiming that getting someone like Saif Ali Khan– a
blue blood– to play a Dalit, is an insult to their community. The
letter also threatens Jha of 'serious repercussions' if he doesn't
explain why he has caste Saif for the role. Jha says, "Yes, we have
received a letter. My people are looking into it. We have not filed
any complaint yet. It does not seem to be a registered organization."
Jha, who has always tried to bring to fore the plight of political and
developmental initiatives in Bihar through his films, says that he
cannot fathom the organization's problem. "Dalit groups should be
happy that we are making a film about reservation. I can't understand
why anybody should be offended if Saif, being from a royal family, is
cast as a Dalit. As directors, we cast actors who we think are
suitable for the role. I thought Saif would be right for the part so I
cast him." he says.
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