Now, director Ayan Mukherji finally broke his silence on the controversy and released a statement in his defence. He mentioned that contrary to what it might have looked like, Ranbir is entering a pandal with shoes on, instead of a temple.
In his justification, he wrote, “We had some people in our community, upset because of one shot in our Trailer – Ranbir’s character wearing shoes as he rings a Bell. As the Creator of this film (and a devotee), I wanted to humbly address what happened here. In our movie, Ranbir is not entering a temple, but a Durga Puja Pandal.
Durga Puja Celebration for… 75 years! One, which I have been a part of since my childhood. In my experience, we only take off our shoes, right on the stage where the Goddess is, and not when you enter the Pandal.”