Saturday, January 16, 2021

Why Indian Air Force Got It ‘Completely Wrong’ While Criticizing Netflix, Anil Kapoor & Anurag Kashyap

Bollywood actor Anil Kapoor, filmmaker Anurag Kashyap and streaming platform Netflix have been slammed by the Indian Air Force for inaccurately presenting the air force uniform in the trailer of their upcoming “mockumentary drama Ak vs Ak”.

A mockumentary is a facetious or satirical work (such as a film) presented in the style of a documentary.

However, as per the film’s synopsis, Anil Kapoor is not playing the Air Force officer but playing himself (an actor) in the mockumentary drama.

The Indian air force has said that the language used by Anil Kapoor, who is wearing the Air Force uniform, does not “conform to the behavioral norms of those in the Armed Forces of India” while the character played by Anil Kapoor is not playing someone from an IAF commodore.

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The synopsis of the film says that Ak Vs Ak is about “a brash film director (Anurag Kashyap, as himself) kidnaps the daughter of a movie star (Anil Kapoor, as himself) and films the star’s desperate search for his daughter in real-time as his next blockbuster”.

Anil Kapoor has been mistaken as playing an Indian Air Force officer in the film but he is dressed in an IAF uniform because he’s on set shooting a film when he is interrupted by Anurag Kashyap who confronts him in the Vanity Van. The actor is in a costume in the scene which has been objected by the Air Force.

The film scheduled to release on streaming platform Netflix on 24 December traces the journey of a film director Anurag Kashyap, as he kidnaps the daughter of Bollywood actor Anil Kapoor.

AK vs AK | Official Trailer | Anil Kapoor, Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane | Netflix India - YouTube

The IAF has demanded that the related scenes should be withdrawn. The controversy has divided the social media users as some have justified IAF’s statement while others have termed it as targeting creative freedom.

Meanwhile, Netflix in a statement tweeted:

 

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