"There is negativity on social media."
Vivek Agnihotri has received threatening messages following his dig at the Pathaan track ‘Besharam Rang’.
Sharing screenshots of the threats, the filmmaker hinted at Shah Rukh Khan’s comments on social media negativity.
One threatening message read:
“I’m searching for you. I’ll enter your home and blow your brains out. Just watch. Or delete your recent tweet.”
Others called Vivek an “a*****e”.
Sharing the screenshots, Vivek wrote: “Badshah was right. There is negativity on social media. (But we are positive).”
One fan came to his defence and replied:
“This is intolerance. Can’t anybody express his opinion??? We are living in a democratic and secular country.
“Where are we heading? We should respect each and everyone’s opinion.
“Abusive language is very distasteful. Thank you Vivek ji, May God give them a peaceful and sound mind.”
Vivek responded with several heart emojis.
Badshah was right.
There is negativity on social media. (But we are positive). pic.twitter.com/1tU6cTGsnx
— Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri (@vivekagnihotri) December 31, 2022
Vivek Agnihotri previously shared a video criticising ‘Besharam Rang’.
He wrote: “WARNING… video against Bollywood. Don’t watch it if you are a ‘secular’.”
‘Besharam Rang’ was the first Pathaan song released, however, it has been embroiled in controversy, with much of the criticism directed towards Deepika’s revealing outfits and provocative dance moves.
Many have called for the film to be boycotted.
Amid the controversy, Shah Rukh spoke about negativity on social media during the Kolkata International Film Festival 2022 (KIFF).
“The collective narratives of our times are shaped by social media.”
“Contrary to the belief that the spread of social media will affect cinema negatively, I believe cinema has an even more important role to play now.
“Social media is often driven by a certain narrowness of view that limits human nature to its baser self.
“And its somewhere that negativity increases social media consumption and thereby increases its commercial value as well. Such pursuits enclose the collective narrative making it divisive and destructive.”
Helmed by Siddharth Anand, Pathaan also stars John Abraham. The film is scheduled for theatrical release on January 27, 2023, in Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu.
Vivek Agnihotri, on the other hand, has now started the shooting of his next film The Vaccine War which is all set to hit the theatres on Independence Day 2023.
The film stars Anupam Kher and Nana Patekar. It will release in Hindi, English, Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, and Kannada, among other languages.