Actor Mukesh Khanna slams ‘Kalki 2898 AD’ for wrongly portraying the events of Mahabharat

Demands to form a special committee to verify the script before making historical films

Mumbai – The Hindi movie ‘Kalki 2898 AD’ was released 7 days ago and is getting a huge response from the audience. Actor Mukesh Khanna took to his YouTube channel to post a long video of him talking about Kalki 2898 AD. He raised an objection to a scene in the film citing how the events in Mahabharat have been distorted. Khanna also demanded that the Government should set up a special committee, which will reject or approve the scripts of the films based on ancient stories.

Mukesh Khanna said,

1. In the beginning, you see Shrikrushna come, and take the Mani (gem) from Ashwatthama’s forehead, telling him that he will be my saviour in the future, Shrikrushna never said this. I want to ask the makers, how could you presume to know more than Vyas Muni, who said that what doesn’t exist here cannot exist elsewhere ? It wasn’t Krushna who removed Ashwatthama’s Mani. I’ve been reading the Mahabharat since childhood. I can tell you that it was Draupadi who instructed that his mani should be removed, after he killed all five of her children.

2. There was a big battle between Arjun and Ashwatthama. They wielded the ‘Brahmastra’. Both Shrikrushna and Vyas Muni had appealed to Arjun and Ashwatthama not to use Brahmastra, but only Arjun knew how to reverse the attack. Because Ashwatthama couldn’t, Shrikrushna asked him where he wants to fire the Brahmastra, Ashwatthama said that he would fire it on the womb of Uttara (Abhimanyu’s wife). Shri Krishna allowed him to wield the Brahmastra, but protected Uttara’s foetus for 9 months with Sudarshan Chakra.

3. Every Sanatani Hindu should be offended by the wrong depiction of the above incident in this film. The liberties that you’ve taken are inexcusable. We think that South filmmakers have more respect for our traditions, but what happened now ?

Editorial Perspective

The Union Government should check whether the members of the Central Board of Film Certification who certify films are educated enough about Hinduism, have interest in Hinduism, and only then appoint such members !