Bollywood movie Sherni, based on the murder of Tigress Avni, has twisted the facts of the incident and presented it with an anti-Hindu bias. The film has made Hindus as villains in the film while the truth is anything but. Like every other film, Bollywood has shown it’s Hindu hatred in this film as well, by mocking Hindu beliefs and showing those who practice them with a negative image.
Tigress Avni, declared as a man eater, had killed 13 people before she was shot dead. She was killed with the help of 2 Mulsim men after she spread terror in the villages around Yavatmal in Maharashtra. The tigress had been killing people since 2016 and based on the Supreme Court’s order to either tranquilize and transport her to some other place or kill her she was shot dead on November 2, 2018.
The forest department had recruited hunters Nawab Shafath Ali Khan and his son Ashgar Ali Khan. Even though the official statement on Avni’s killing said that Ashgar Ali killed her in self defense, criticism rose from many quarters that it was illegal and inhumane. There were even PILs filed by animal rights and environmental activists pleading the court to investigate the truth behind Avni’s killing.
Sangeeta Dogra, the activist who rapped the doors of the court, claimed that no traces of human remains was found in Avni’s stomach postmortem which begs the question why she was demonised as a man eater. She also alleged that the villagers had presented Ashgar Ali with a silver tigress as reward which leads to believe that it was a trophy hunting. She also revealed that despite SC orders to not reward the killer, Ali was rewarded by the Maharashtra government.
The forest officer who valiantly handled the situation was KM.Abharna, the then Deputy Conservator of Pandharkawada region. Both Abharna, the lead character in Sherni as Vidya Vincent, and her senior officers told the media that the film is factually incorrect. “This is a typical film that cashes in on depicting government authorities in a bad taste” said the then PCCF AK.Mishra. He led the entire operation of capturing/killing Avni.
Mishra said that Abharna did an excellent job at that time and everyone wanted to save the tigress. But “All other characters have been shown in a negative light in the film” he said. The then APCCF Sunil Limaye felt that “senior forest officers have been portrayed in a bad taste, drinking and merry-making” while the truth is that non veg food and liquor is prohibited in the forest rest houses in Maharashtra for the past two decades.
While a bindi wearing KM.Abharna who did an excellent job despite being a female has been ‘converted’ to Vidya Vincent, the other officers shown in a bad light have been portrayed as Hindus. Except one ‘Hassan Noorani’ all the forest officials have been portrayed as either corrupt or incompetent and merry-making with liquor. But the most blatant of the anti-Hindu themes was ‘converting’ the Shooter into a Hindu. The role of ‘Ashgar Ali’ has been played by Sharat Saxena as ‘Ranjan Rajhans’, a kalawa wearing Hindu.
Ashgar Ali and his father Nawab Ali have a controversial history. Nawab Ali’s father is said to have been with the British hunters before independence. That such a man would be portrayed as a Hindu and forest officials who do puja portrayed as corrupt people shows the blatant anti-Hindu agenda of the film. However as usual Hindu bollywood fans are blind to this propaganda and are seen advising others to not see religion in everything. Being the majority of the population, unless and until Hindus realise the propaganda warfare unleashed by Bollywood, such appropriation and misrepresentation will never stop.
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