Why Ajay Devgn’s desperate, narcissistic statement on Alok Nath doesn’t make him less insensitive

MUMBAI : More than two weeks ago at the trailer launch of De De Pyaar De, Bollywood star Ajay Devgn was asked what he felt about rape-accused Alok Nath being a part of the film. “This is not the right place to talk about it. The film was completed before the allegations surfaced against the concerned person,” Devgn replied.

Cut to Thursday evening when the actor issued a lengthy statement mentioning Nath at several places and defending himself. What happened in the course of 17 days? Dissent. Devgn’s short essay on why he shouldn’t be attacked came hours after Nath’s accuser and writer-producer Vinta Nanda slammed the makers of the film, saying, “When it comes to the box office, nobody (in the industry) follows any other religion. There is no right and wrong.”

Even before Vinta, people had taken to social media to criticise the star and makers for not publicly acknowledging the allegations against Nath let alone working with him. Unfortunately, even in the statement, which is a clear case of damage control before the film’s release, Ajay Devgn does not spare a single word to condemn the disgraced actor.

That Alok Nath completed the film before the allegations against him surfaced is known to all. In his statement, Devgn explained why it would have been a loss for the producers, Bhushan Kumar, Ankur Garg and Luv Ranjan, to reshoot Nath’s portions, which were shot in a span of 40 days. The question is if Devgn and his team were as sensitive to the #MeToo movement as he emphasises in his statement, couldn’t they have for once priortised morality over money? That would have definitely made a better statement than the one Devgn has released.