Praharsh (aka FMF),
While watching your videos on your YouTube channel, FMF, I find myself somewhat disconnected from your thought and the way you feel about India. But, unfortunately, I’m not as good as you in animations and video making so the only tool I had to talk to you was through my blog. I do not find myself
capable of exposing anyone so all I’m going to do is ask you a few questions with a hope that you’ll sometime see them and give an answer.
Now, to be honest, I have a lot in mind right now that I want to say but I would restrict myself to just a few thoughts, at least for this time!
To give you some context, a few months back, one of your videos (the one about the Bengal famine) randomly popped up on my recommendations and I just played it unaware of what to expect. I won’t lie but I liked it a lot, I even saved it in one of my playlists for future reference. I had a few little problems with it but nothing major. After that, I subscribed to your channel (and pressed the bell icon) because I wanted more of such content which would help me learn more about my country and respect it even more, but unfortunately, it didn’t work out quite the way I wanted it to.
What you’re going to read right now is what I feel about your videos and the questions that come into my mind after watching them. I feel there are some undertones of hatred and anger that you have against certain people and communities that often comes out in your videos and is often misleading. There are some facts which are not presented the way the should be in order to maintain the truth, which is just for the sake of inciting the people who watch them and to further reaffirm their beliefs against certain people and communities.
For the purpose of this article, I watched and re-watched all your videos, made detailed notes and went through a bit of your social media pages to get a bit of an idea. And let me confess here, all these opinions that I’m presenting here are completely personal.
So let me start off with your latest video about the#MeToo Movement in India, and feminism and how you perceive it.
You talked in the video about how comedian and writer Varun Grover was accused of sexual harassment by a colleague, and that he happens to be the writer of the show Sacred Games which is directed by Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane, in order to plant some connections between Phantom Films, Anurag Kashyap, Sacred Games (which, in one of your earlier videos you called to be an anti Hindu show), and Varun Grover. You did all the right thing in naming Grover but you never mentioned the aftermath of the accusation against him. He made numerous statements on Twitter and later put out an open letter seeking closure. Netflix, which had already announced the second season of the show put it on hold because of the whole case. But later they had an independent investigation into the whole matter and then came out with a decision to renew the series for a second season. None of that was mentioned in your video.
You referred to the video made by AIB about the attack of the Karni Sena on a school bus with little kids on board, but you never condemned the actions of the Sena. Why was that so?
You never revealed the proper details of what was the result of the actions of the members of the AIB after the reports of sexual harassment against them surfaced. Just in case you are not aware, the founding members of the organisation were removed from their positions. Why don’t you tell all of this to your audience?
You accused Farhan Akhtar of not speaking up about his cousin Sajid Khan and the organisation he started – MARD – Men Against Rape and Discrimination. I guess you were busy in some other stuff and didn’t realize that he was one of the first male actors to have come in support of the whole #MeToo movement. He even spoke about Sajid Khan but you never mentioned it anywhere.
Moreover, his sister, Zoya Akhtar, along with other female directors came out with a joint statement taking a vow of not working with any proven offender in the future.
I must admit its a very gutsy statement, “I’m not a feminist” but I would love to know what does feminism actually mean to you. Is it to always follow the social structure and be oppressed forever or to fight for rights and what women truly deserve?
You played a little video of Karolina Goswami in that video, I don’t have the slightest idea of who she is and where does she come from or what are her ideals, etc, but what I understand is that being a woman, her idea of feminism is very myopic in nature. It is not that women are copying men when they are for their basic rights, it is what they deserve. Neither are they competing with men when they talk about the problems that they go through.
I guess that clip was in regard to the Sabarimala verdict of the court and the protests that followed it, but do you think it is not right for a woman to ask to enter a temple and that too when they are being unjustly being restricted from entering. Do you really think a woman is impure just because she is menstruating?
Coming now to the video that you posted on September 29, 2018, that was titled The Thing That Libtards Don’t Understand. Very frankly speaking, before this video, I wasn’t aware of this term “Libtard” so thanks for this new word to my dictionary, although I hope I never get to use such a term.
This video was more about how you feel that cows are also important for the economy of the country and how they help us and all that, and there was a point in the video where you even said, “Are cows not cute?!”
I couldn’t help but laugh when Vivek Bindra in the video on Amul said while he was talking about the problem of unemployment, ‘if a person rears 10 cows in Tripura, he can easily make 6-7 Lakhs/ Annum.’ There was even talk about how cows are considered uncool by youngsters nowadays.
My dear Praharsh, the problem is not rearing cows, the problem is why should a person who has studied all through his life, got good grades, went to good institutions, and had an aim of getting a good job be rearing a cow?
So why not make a video on unemployment and lack of good institutions? Why make videos on rearing cows? If Mr Bindra or the chief of Amul give the idea of cow rearing then our dear Prime Minister also gives us the idea of selling pakoras on the street, why not implement that?
Cows surely help in uplifting of the economy but do you really think that a person from a renowned university should be rearing cows? Let me remind you, in the video description of your very first video on YouTube reads, “Indian Education System produces 1.5 million Engineers every year, 9 out of 10 engineers are simply Unemployable.” What will you say to that?
Now let’s talk about your video, India It Is Time To Wake Up! | How India Has Forgotten Its True Identity which I don’t know why is tagged under #AyodhyaVerdict! This is perhaps the first video where something happens to you and all of a sudden you start referring to India as Bharat…! Just an observation nothing more!
You talked about how after 1947, the Indian education system had become more anti-Indian, Marxist and minority pleasing. I would beg to differ on this subject because ever since the very beginning of my education, each year I’ve been taught about how my country is a great country and the way Indian freedom struggle is taught to us is, in fact, a way to develop a sense of nationalism within all of us. So, I don’t agree to this point made by you.
Here, I must commend you on the wonderful way in which you presented your idea that the literal interpretation of archaeological evidence is mere ignorance. It’s funny that just as I heard that I wanted to know what was your take on the theory of evolution given by Darwin. Or do you even believe in it? Are you of the same thought as that of the minister whole said that Darwin’s theory of evolution was all a made-up thing and there is nothing like evolution? I mean, seriously?
Let’s talk about the video, Dear Bollywood Stop Your Hinduphobia! | How Bollywood Targets The Hindus which you uploaded on July 15, 2018.
So, first of all, I’d again like to thank you for introducing me to this new term ‘Hinduphobic’, I couldn’t have even wondered in even my wildest dreams that something of this sort actually existed… But is that really so?
In your video you showed the analysis of Bollywood films from the 1950s to 2010s done by an IIM professor, Dheeraj Sharma, there was a stat which said, “84% of Muslims in the films were shown as strongly religious and honest,” but you seem to have a problem with it, why is that so? Do you have a problem with a person being religious and honest or do you simply have a problem with a community?
You asked a question in your video, “Name one terror attack caused by the Hindu community all across the globe?” Before answering this question let me make it clear, I’m neither against nor in favour of any one community. But now to answer your question, will you call Nathuram Godse a terrorist for assassinating one of the most loved and respected people in the history of this country? Won’t you call the persons responsible for the communal riots against Muslims in Gujarat in 2002 and the persons responsible for not making an attempt to stop it as terrorism? After all, terrorism means is unlawfully using violence and intimidation against civilians. You must answer these questions.
You talked about the movie Parmanu which apparently showed India in a positive light but it didn’t work out on the box office and was bashed by the critics. To be honest, I missed the film while it was in the theatres but later when I watched it, I realized that it wasn’t a well-made film. It’s as simple as that! So you can’t just go on and say that we do not want to watch a film that projects the country in a positive light when it is not a well-made film in the first place.
And please stop calling the critics as ‘so-called reviewers,‘ they have worked all their lives doing this job, they know their job very well.
There is a short clip that you played in your video of your best friend, Vivek Agnihotri, where he called Swara Bhasker a “Fake feminist” when he himself was the one who was accused of sexual harassment by Tanushree Dutta and you didn’t even mention his name in your video about #MeToo movement. Are you scared to admit that one of the persons whom you admire was also called out for his predatory behaviour?
Coming now to the video about the film Sanju where you talked about how Rajkumar Hirani whitewashed Sanjay Dutt’s image for propaganda.
I do not want to talk about the content of the film but instead, I want to talk about the other arguments that you put forward in that video.
The first of them being that the film was all for propaganda for Munna Bhai 3 and the trailer of Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster 3 came out the next day of Sanju’s release to boost its reach. But the fun part is, the film released on June 29 and your video about the film came out on July 3, just four days after the release, so do you think it will be right for us to accuse you of doing it for publicity? It’s a very simple tactic used by each one of us and you are no exception to it. Moreover, that happens to be your most watched video with over 3 million views, just because of its right timing.
Later, you accused Anupama Chopra, wife of producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra and editor of Film Companion, for very cleverly not reviewing the film. I am personally following Film Companion for around two years now and Sanju is not the only film which was not reviewed by her, the list also includes Sacred Games, Qarib Qarib Singlle and PK, amongst others. All because in each film some of her relatives were a part, which led to a conflict of interest. This clearly shows that either you are not researching properly for your content or you are just wanting to present the stuff which allows the audience to agree with you.
There are a few people who make a regular guest appearance in your videos which include Swara Bhasker, Rajkumar Hirani, Sonam Kapoor, Anurag Kashyap, Kunal Kamra, Tanmay Bhat, Kanhiya Kumar, Shehla Rashid, Jignesh Mehvani, Dhruv Rathee, Rajdeep Sardesai, etc., to talk about them I might have to write one more article, but what do you want from them? Do you want them to stop speaking up? Do you want them to praise the current regime irrespective of what they think and feel? What exactly do you want and why?
Here I must say, I truly condemn the act of asking people to mass report and mass dislike your channel as it surely is an act of curbing your freedom of speech and expression, and that is not the solution. I’m of the belief of what Evelyn Beatrice Hall said, “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” So, I have no problems with you making videos at all, or using YouTube as a platform to voice your opinions, I just want you to use it in such a way so as to not create divisions among various communities living in the country.
The reason why I’m writing this to you is because I have faith in you and I still feel that the cause you have of educating youngsters of their forgotten past is very noble, but when in the way you talk about Hindus and Muslims, Right wing and Left wing and criticise one of them, you intentionally or unintentionally tend to create a divide amongst the viewers which is of no good for the country.
Hoping to hear from you very soon..!