'Meenakshi Sundareshwar', Dharma Productions' new film starring Sanya Malhotra and Abhimanyu Dassani, has garnered negative response from some section of the society after the trailer of the movie was released on Wednesday. It stars the actors as a young couple in Tamil Nadu, trying to make their relationship work through long distance.
Many Tamilians have objected to the way their culture has been stereotyped once again by a Hindi movie. Some have mentioned how Tamilian don't ‘speak like this’ or have a shrine for actor Rajinikanth at their home.
“Meenakshi Sundareshwar really! may be its high time #karanjohar or any director could hv taken #tamilian for such script! You ought to get into the nuance our very traditions. it can't be phoney every time! Be it #twostates, you have let us down! #hindicinema #Bollywood grow up,” wrote a person on Twitter.
“Bollywood, I have one question for you - why can’t you leave us alone,” asked another person.
“I dont know when will bollywood understand that all Tamil's are not brahmins. All Tamil's are not veg eaters. Even brahmins wont dress and talk like this now a days. And not all tamil songs are folk songs. And stop ur obsession with our superstar,” read a tweet.
“Less than 10 seconds into the video and I already know they did not do any research,” wrote a person, commenting on the wedding scene from the teaser.
While many Twitter users were unhappy, there were others who did praise Sanya and Abhimanyu.
“Excellent teaser which gives me real experience of good content,” wrote one. “This is going to be best film. I just can't wait till November 5th to watch this,” wrote another.
The film is helmed by Vivek Soni and is set to release on Netflix on November 5. It is produced under Karan Johar's banner Dharmatic Entertainment.