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People should accept reality: Habib Faisal

Ishaqzaade director Habib Faisal and actressParineeti Chopra explain their position against criticism levelled against the film

Barely days since Ishaqzaade released, and some critics are lambasting the film as regressive and sexist. This, despite the film amassing nearly Rs 10 crore in the first two days. One of the grievances is director Habib Faisal has turned a firecracker of a character (Parineeti’s Zoya) into yet another spunk-less pushover, transforming a genuinely energetic film into a wet blanket.

However, Faisal and Parineeti seem amused by all this attention. Ribbed about the negative publicity, Parineeti quips, “I play a janwar in the film.” So why and how is the janwar tamed? “That’s because of the people I face. Woh mardon ki haveli hai and only Arjun’s mother counts there. They don’t know how to treat girls. My character is almost raped by her so-called husband ( Arjun Kapoor). What can she do but wipe back the tears and attack him? She is a girl in letter and spirit.” Parineeti explains her character has never been kissed before. The inevitable happens: she falls in love. “Obviously, she is affected. And I totally disagree she is regressive. One shouldn’t forget girls and boys are way different at heart. Besides if people are asking why Zoya, who is depicted as a strong girl, suddenly gets gagged and tortured, why can’t they see a tall, well-built man is countering her?” says the effervescent actress.

Some reviews have made a pointed reference that the second half of the film is a let down. “Gosh. Why do industry people in India see a film in two halves?” Faisal shoots back.

Countering criticism about Parineeti’s character being regressive, he says, “Then they have definitely not seen the scenes where Zoya beats Arjun black and blue and makes him do down on his knees.” Faisal adds, “All said, I am showing reality to attack reality. I can’t create a Utopian world featuring a bra-burning feminist. Women are brutally tortured in large parts of the country even today.” What does he think about allegations that the film is sexist? “People should accept reality. Your regular middle class man still does not accept a strong woman. Scratch the surface, and you will see fundamentalism in all castes and religions. Every now and then, there is an attempt to suppress love,” he replies.

Parineeti defends Faisal’s position saying, “I think Habib Sir should cast these critics in Ishaqzade 2 (laughs) and only then will they fully understand.”

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