Residents of Kota met Om Birla,Lok Sabha speaker an MP from Kota, to register their protest against Rani Mukherjee’s upcoming film Mardaani 2.
They said that the city has been positioned as an educational hub with many educational centres situated in its vicinity. However,the film shot in Kota shows a different story of city which is against the city’s legacy.
The film’s trailer released on Thursday shows a serial rapist and murderer in Kota who targets young girls. It also mentions that the film is inspired by true events.
Birla after meeting protesters spoke to media and said that the issue will be discussed with concerned people. “It is unacceptable to malign a city’s name through cinema.The fictional story clearly mentioning the city’s name is not justified,” he added
Having said this, the trailer of Mardaangi 2 does have a certain chilling urgency to it, a sense of imminent danger,as Inspector Shivani Roy takes on a faceless serial rapist in Kota.
In the first film Rani’s khaki avatar took on a vicious human trafficker played by an actor who was way too charming to be repugnant. Here in Part 2 it is a cackling heckling rapist who challenges the cop-hero(ine) about how she will find another girl’s body floating in a drain the next morning,and what can she do about it?
Soon after the trailer was released, Kota residents came out to protest against the film demanding the name of Kota to be removed from the film. Mardaani 2 had many scenes being shot in Kota. In fact,Rani Mukerji was in the city for many days for shoot.