Actor Ajay Devgn says his latest film Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior does not show any religion in bad light and is about defending the country from foreign invaders.
The Om Raut-directed movie, set in the 17th century, is based on the life of Tanhaji Malusare, the military leader of Maratha king Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s army.
Tanhaji played an instrumental role in taking back the strategic hill fortress of Kondhana from the Mughal empire.
The film’s trailer had raised some eyebrows after Devgn, as Tanhaji, is seen propagating the power of saffron.
Ajay, however, said the film does not portray any religion in negative.
“We are talking about the country. We are talking about freedom. There is no ‘Hindutva’. It is about your nation, your country. In the movie, you will see that there are Muslim warriors who are fighting alongside Tanhaji. We are not fighting for religion. When we talk about country, then there is no religion,” Ajay told PTI in an interview.
When asked about the portrayal of Muslim rulers in films such as Padmaavat and most recently Panipat, the actor said the characterisations were based on historical facts.
“Alauddin Khalji (from ‘Padmaavat’) was barbaric according to history. Not because he was from a certain religion that he was barbaric, he was a barbaric man.
“Let’s take any film about British rule. When we travel outside, do we feel like hurting British people? It was wrong for them to rule us but that story is over now. It is, however, part of the history. So are history books wrong? Are history books talking against Christianity? They are not,” Ajay said.
The actor further said the film’s core theme is about safeguarding the nation from foreigners.