Indian wrestling greats, two-time Olympic medalist Sushil Kumar, multiple times world championship medallist Bajrang Punia, 2012 Olympic medallist Yogeshwar Dutt in unison have slammed the filmmakers of Commando 3 – an action-thriller that released last week – for portraying a wrestler as a child molester in a scene.
The champion trio along with the various other members of wrestling fraternity are now demanding apology from the filmmakers, saying they “must apologize for portraying wrestlers in a bad light”. In one of the scenes of Commando 3, a wrestler can be seen pulling up the skirt of a minor in front of the public before he is stopped by the male protagonist. “I strongly condemn this scene as wrestlers. I am very hurt by the portrayal of wrestlers like this. Filmmakers must apologize for portraying wrestlers in a bad light and must remove that particular scene from the movie, ” Sushil Kumar told WrestlingTV.
Urging his fans to join him oppose the film, Sushil Kumar said: “I strongly oppose the film and also urge everyone to oppose, as the film is portraying wrestlers in a bad way. “The filmmakers haven’t done research on how wrestlers conduct themselves. I demand the removal of the objectionable scene,” he added. Earlier, Yogeshwar Dutt had asked Commando 3 director Aditya Datt to think beyond the “box office collection” and respect the athletes who work hard to bring laurels to the country.
Dutt hit out at the filmmakers for “denigrating or demeaning athletes”.
मैं डायरेक्टर आदित्य दत्त के फिल्म कमांडो-3 के ट्रैलर में पहलवानों की गलत छवी दिखाएं जाने की निंदा करता हूँ। आप ने अखाड़े को गुंडों का अड्डा और पहलवानों को कृमीनलो के रूप में पेश किया है। अखाड़ा एक पवित्र स्थान और पहलवान बजरंगबली के भक्त होते हैं।आप इस गलती मे सुधार करे।#commando pic.twitter.com/25DVugrTCG
— Bajrang Punia ?? (@BajrangPunia) November 30, 2019
“Dear @adidat ji , I saw trailer of your movie. You’re a director so I’m not anyone to tell you about directory of any kind but everything is not about box office collection and spicy tarka and right to denigrate anyone isn’t being given to you,” Yogeshwar said in a tweet.”Please stop denigrating or mischaracterising athletes we work hard so that we can win medal for our country. I’m purely against ill-treatment of women of any kind eve teasing etc but mispresentation of anything is not the solution…@adidatt,” he added. Bajrang Punia who recently qualified for Tokyo 2020 Olympics by winning bronze medal at the world championships in Nur-Sultan also slammed the directors of the film.
Commando 3 is the third movie in the popular franchise starring Vidut Jammwal in the lead role.