Cricketer Gautam Gambhir took to Twitter to respond to a row over his criticism of director Neeraj Pandey.
On 19 September, Gambhir tweeted that the martyrs of the Uri attack deserved a biopic more than cricketers.
These 17 martyrs deserv a biopic rather dan any cricketer. No better inspiration dan a young man sacrificing his life 4 his country.— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) September 19, 2016
And these Jawans sacrifice their lives for paltry salaries n not disproportionate money & adulation reserved for us cricketers. Wake up.— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) September 19, 2016
My detractors got it wrong. Am not against ANY ONE cricketer's biopic, am against d very concept which includes a biopic on my life.— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) September 19, 2016
Neeraj Pandey, the director of the MS Dhoni: An Untold Story, was asked to respond to Gambhir's comments at the launch of a song from the upcoming biopic.
"I've made films on both. We make stories. It's not that every film should be of a particular genre or anything like that. I think as storytellers we need to talk about everything."
"This story is about the hero in us. It's a very motivational inspiring story. That can come from anyone. And MS (Dhoni) is a serving Lt Colonel in the Indian Army. So that should answer your questions," the Indian Express quoted Pandey as saying.
The biopic is set to release on 30 September.