Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant (Image Credits: Twitter)

Filmmaker Hansal Mehta is disappointed with a new Dream 11 advertisement starring batsman young Indian batter Rishabh Pant. Pant is depicted trying his hand at classical singing while making a joke about the art genre in the commercial. Hansal believes the advertisement is “disgusting and disrespectful” to a classical art form.

Rishabh Pant has been released from India’s ODI squad in the ongoing series against Bangladesh. The wicketkeeper had a minor niggle, and the decision was taken in consultation with the medical team. The announcement was made by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) minutes before India’s first ODI against Bangladesh. Pant will return for the Test series, which will begin on December 14, following the conclusion of the ODI series.

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Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant, Image Credit (Image Credits: Twitter)

I Demand That @Dream11 Pulls This Down – Hansal Mehta

Hansal Mehta lashed out at an advertisement that shows what Rishabh Pant would have been if he was not a cricketer. It presents a hypothetical situation where Rishabh is a classical singer, and he takes the wicket keeper stance and sings terribly in front of the mics.

Hansal Mehta
Hansal Mehta (Image Credits: Twitter)

“This is a disgusting and disrespectful commercial. Pimp yourself but not at the cost of ridiculing art and it’s rich traditions. I demand that @Dream11 pulls this down,” Hansal wrote in his tweet.

Reacting to Hansal, writer Munish Bharadwaj said that while the commercial is offensive, it does not need to be removed.

“It’s in bad taste. Sure. Agreed. But why pull it down? IMO, Freedom of expression should be absolute as long as it’s not inciting violence or harm to anyone. Also, art and its rich traditions will remain intact forever but silly ads like these will be forgotten in seconds,” he wrote.

Hansal replied, “Sure Munish. You have every right to think so. I’m offended and I have a right to say so. Same FoS.” He added, “And yes maybe asking for it to be pulled down might be too much to ask. It’s a way of telling advertisers to be sensitive and respectful – particularly of one tradition that, like sports, transcends race/religion/borders and is one of the greatest unifiers. Do not ridicule it.”

Munish agreed, “Yes. Can’t argue with that. But we all agree that this is in extremely poor taste. Disgusting.”

Hansal Mehta is a filmmaker known for critically acclaimed films like Shahid and Aligarh. He also directed the blockbuster Scam 1992: The Harshad Mehta Story. His next film will be a thriller with Kareena Kapoor.

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