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Raveena Tandon refuses to promote her film Maatr on TVF

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 22 March 2017, 15:39 IST
Raveena Tandon

Raveena has dropped her plans of promoting her film on TVF after the Arunabh Kumar controversy

 After Konkana Sen Sharma changing her plan of promoting her film Lipstick Under My Burkha, now Raveena Tandon has cancelled plans to promote her upcoming movie, Maatr on The Viral Fever (TVF). She said to have taken this decision post sexual harassment allegations were made against Arunabh Kumar, who is a founder and CEO, TVF by his former employees.

Says a source, "Raveena was to promote the movie on TVF but decided to cancel it after the controversy. She doesn't want to be associated with the brand until they are cleared of the charges. She is waiting for all the facts to come out before she decides to promote her film with them.”

 The producer of the film Anjum Rizvi says, "Raveena's character is of a working woman. Our film has been inspired by incidents which are happening in India today. Right now, we felt we should not get into it, so we have opted out of the TVF show. It's a sensitive issue and we have to handle everything with care and not use whatever tools and means possible. We need to be careful of how we promote the film."

 Rizvi says, "Raveena is very vocal about what she thinks and she doesn't mince words. She is also involved in every aspect of the film as the subject is very close to her heart. As filmmakers, we can raise issues, though we can't come up with solutions. We are just highlighting the issue, but talks about whether women should or should not take law into their hands and how long they should wait for justice to be meted out."

Raveena says, "I was not aware of the controversy as I was in New York and in the middle of a snow storm. Our film deals with a very strong message about zero tolerance to any form of violence or abuse against women — the film's producers and actors feel that until allegations against the producer and the channel are proved wrong, we will refrain from promoting the film or any of the actors appearing on the said show".

 Meanwhile the actress recently released the first look of her film online which is set to release on April 21.

First published: 22 March 2017, 15:39 IST