Rohit Shetty’s Simmba has impressed the audience and the critics alike. However, some found the addition of rape in the story artificial and accused Rohit of using it to sell his film. The director has opened up on the same now. In his latest interview with an entertainment portal, Rohit talked about how his position in the audience today doesn’t require him to use ‘rape’ as the selling point for his film.
Rohit talked to Pinkvilla and said that whatever he has shown in Simmba is his opinion on the punishment that a rapist deserves and has nothing do with anything else. He said, “At this point in my career, if I may say so, I don’t require a plot or an issue like this to sell my product. It just came genuinely from my heart and this is my point of view. When you see the movie, there might be debate on cops killing the rapist but that’s my POV. That is what I feel should be done, it is an individual point of view, the director’s point of view”.
The director also added that the issue has been central to many other films in the past too. He said, “It’s not the first time, there are so many films in which this has been shown but it is just that it is a commercial palette, people think of it differently. But when you see the film, when you see the genuineness of it, it is very easy. The film has been censored without a single cut. It’s very easy to glorify and cash on that, but I’ve never done that in my life”.
He also mentioned that as a director, he gets to know about his product and how would it appeal to the audience. Rohit revealed that when he made Dilwale with Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol, the entire team knew the audience wasn’t going to accept the film widely. But before Simmba, he was told by filmmaker Karan Johar that it’s his best work by far.