Prakash Jha’s web series ‘Ashram 3’ starring Bobby Deol recently witnessed a rampage where some members of the right-wing group smeared the director’s face with ink, saying the show is an assault on Hinduism and they will not allow its filming till the title was changed. Bajrang Dal members vandalized the set and the crew was chased down and beaten up.
Actor Chandan Roy Sanyal, talked about it in an interview with ETimes and shared, “I almost got beaten up. I had posted my picture on Instagram about having coffee and jaisehi Bobby Deol aaye, log maar peet karne aa gaye. Main vanity van mein ghus gaya, switched off the lights, held a rod in my hand for self defence. I was scared for my life. The series is not about religion but a conman. He could be from any religion. Religion is an extremely touchy matter in this country. People who have faith in religion need to be taken care of because people can mislead you. Log Apna parivar nyochavar kar dete hai in logo ke peeche. Vishwas bohot badi cheej hai. Kisipe bhi nahi rakhna chahiye. Wohi Prakashi Ka Sandesh hai iss series mein. It is not about any religion being proven wrong or Hinduism being maligned. Be it Hinduism, Christianity or Islam. Aap satark raho.”
He added, “The day it happened, prakashji just wiped his face (they had thrown black ink on him) and got back to shooting. I have huge respect for him for that. He didn’t let the attack dampen his spirit. We shot till 2 am in the morning that day. Aap kisiko maar nahi sakte. Please criticize as much as you want. Don’t attack physically. Hinduism teaches tolerance.”
Aashram Season 1 and 2 are currently streaming on MX Player. The third season of the web series is slated to be aired by early 2022.