The dark comedy anthology features a talented star cast including Abhishek Bachchan, Aditya Roy Kapur, Rajkummar Rao, Sanya Malhotra and Pankaj Tripathi.
The evident mockery of Hindu deities exhibited in the movie is an affront to Hindu religious beliefs.
Apart from having jokes on cows and mandir, Ludo also has a scene where characters enact a scene from Ramayana.
In it, Rajkummar Rao’s character playing Shurpanakha tries to seduce Lakshman using Bajirao-Mastani references. Later, when he notices real blood oozing out of his nose, he uses expletives and even thrashes the men playing Ram and Lakshman.
Mocking and insulting the Hindu faith seems to have become the norm in the film industry in the name of entertainment. Ludo is neither the first on the list nor will it be the last.
This comes at a time when the world is debating the limits of creative freedom considering that jokes and cartoons can result in not only beheadings as seen in France but also massive rallies that support these hideous crimes.
However, what is surprising is that the Indian cinema’s concerns and creative jokes are restricted to one community. The film makers get away with unacceptable ridicule in the name of freedom in a country which many claim is “intolerant”.
Selective outrage is the new trend where voices are raised as per individual interests and not for the overall betterment of the nation owing to the “in thing” of selling propaganda rather than serving justice.
The persistent controversies laid by the Indian cinema leaves us with one question — Is mocking Hindu beliefs and insulting Hindu Gods the only way to entertain people?