Ayan Mukerji has discussed the entire incident surrounding his Tuesday visit to the Mahakaleshwar Temple in Ujjain. Prior to the film’s release, the director, Alia Bhatt, and Ranbir Kapoor planned to go to the temple for darshan. The protesters outside the shrine, however, prevented the actors from entering.
Member of Bajrang Dal had been protesting against Alia Bhatt after her old comments about loving beef surfaced on social media.
Now, discussing the incident during a news conference in Delhi, he stated, “”In MP, I felt really bad honestly that Ranbir and Alia did not come with me to darshan at Mahakaleshwar. There’s a history to it. I had gone there before my motion poster had released and I had told myself that before the release of the film, I would definitely go there. Both of them were very keen to come with me. And honestly, till the end, they were keen.”
He continued saying “But when we reached there and heard about the protest, I felt let me go alone. Eventually I had gone to seek blessings for the film and that is for everyone. I just didn’t want to take Alia there in her current condition. Eventually, when I went there I felt, they could have gone there and gotten their darshan. So that is on me. I felt very bad.”
When asked why those advocating for a boycott of his movie Brahmastra should see it, Ayan responded that when it opens, people will see it has Indian cultural roots. “With Brahmastra, there is a line- let the light come. And by that, I mean everything that is positive and spiritual in this life. This film is so much a celebration of Indian culture, so deeply and naturally, I feel every single person is going to feel that when it releases in two days. So yes, that positive energy of the film will touch people.”