Navjot Gulati publishes clarification on ‘sexist’ tweet against Kanika Dhillon
Writer-director Navjot Gulati reacted to the entire episode of his war of words with Kanika Dhillon on Monday night. Using his Twitter account, Navjot wrote a long message explaining his side of the story, while apologizing to anyone who felt offended by his “sexist” remark against Kanika.
In his post, Navjot pointed out that his comment was more against the streaming platforms, Netflix, which must make a “uniform credit plate for all promotional trailers”. Navjot also added that he actually ran a campaign demanding credits for cast and crew in movie and web series trailers on OTT.
The enlightenment. Part 2. Hope the last. pic.twitter.com/u6h82f5ef4
– Navjot Gulati (@Navjotalive) June 14, 2021
“For almost two years, I’ve been using a hashtag on Twitter called #NetflixCreditDedo, asking for one simple thing, credit the cast and crew in the movie / series trailer because that’s what we live for, see our name in the credits of the stories that we work very hard to tell the world. Today a esteemed writer in the fellowship called me misogynist, sexist and so on. And I wish I had brain fever And then got my family into a problem that turned into a human brain fever. And then got my family into a problem that turned into a PR-War person. I am compelled to write this long article to stop this emptying of mud, ”reads an excerpt from Navjot’s note.
In a previous tweet, Navjot also wrote, “My tweet was aimed at criticizing Netflix’s credit system and I made an observation that was meant to be a joke. I haven’t tagged anyone. I also didn’t want it to distract from Netflix’s main issue not crediting the cast and crew in the trailer. Especially writers. It has been misinterpreted as a matter of sexism and misogyny. I myself liked the Haseena Dilruba trailer. And in the past I have praised Manmarziya Written by the same writer. If by calling me by names this problem achieves the necessary powers, I would be more than happy to be misunderstood. The main problem is still #CreditDedoNetflix. Thank you for bringing my sister and my family there, who had nothing to do with what I said. I thought I was stupid, rest everyone here is so smart, awake and kind. #GetWellSoonKanika.
Thank you for bringing my sister and my family there, who had nothing to do with what I said. I thought I was stupid, rest everyone here is so smart, awake and kind. #GetWellSoonKanika pic.twitter.com/D8yDzMfVGa
– Navjot Gulati (@Navjotalive) June 14, 2021
Navjot wrote a tweet on Monday that was not well received by Kanika Dhillon. The tweet was about Kanika’s “marriage to the production house”, pointing to her husband Himanshu Sharma, who is the co-producer of Taapsee Pannu’s upcoming mystery murder Haseen Dillruba. Netflix had in its trailer, given Kanika a single slate credit as a writer, which was hailed by many as a welcome decision.
After Navjot’s tweet, Kanika spoke to indianexpress.com and slammed the writer-director for his sexist and misogynistic comment. She said: “I want to point this out because it’s something very nasty that has happened in the public domain and I won’t let it go. After being in the industry for so long, we have people like him who completely spit on your hard work. It has to stop at some point. “
Hi @Navjotalive I’m quite shocked by your extremely SEXIST – MYSOGINIST and bordering on IDIOTIC commentary comment I also won’t list my working body because your pea-sized brain won’t be able to handle a woman who succeeds by doing it alone! You can have a frozen brain! Have a nice day https://t.co/hDDhSlBEpS
– Kanika Dhillon (@KanikaDhillon) June 14, 2021
Several City B actors, writers and filmmakers supported Kanika, including Taapsee, Jai Mehta, Bijoy Nabiar, Vivek Agnihotri, Atika Chouhan, Jyoti Kapur Das, Aniruddha Guha and others.
Taapsee tweeted: “A gradual call to credit a writer has turned into a sexist rant through the age-old misogyny of attributing a woman’s success to the house she’s marrying in or the man she’s married to.” wife. Your just appeal for equal credit cannot be outweighed by the bitterness within you.
A gradual call to credit a writer turned into a sexist rant by the age-old misogyny of attributing a woman’s success to the house she’s marrying in or to the man she married. Your just appeal for equal credit cannot be outweighed by the bitterness within you. https://t.co/B7FrdSRakL
– taapsee pannu (@taapsee) June 14, 2021
Kanika Dhillon, who has written films like Manmarziyaan, Kedarnath, Judgementall Hai Kya and Guilty, also wrote the upcoming Raksha Bandhan starring Akshay Kumar and Bhumi Pednekar. The film also happens to be her first professional collaboration with her husband Himanshu.
Read Navjot Gulati’s full note here:
I started writing in 2009. During my 12 year career, I have been through a lot of ups and downs. Throughout this journey, I have supported many upcoming writers and told the Powers the truth and fought for proper credit for writers in promotional material for movies that hit theaters. The result of being against such things is that I am very unpopular with most of the studios because they don’t like my guts. Since the advent of digital, Netflix (and others) have entered the scene and now they decide how the business is run, who gets what credit, and where. I’ve been part of 3 feature films in various capacities and all of them are on Netflix, two released after theaters and one was a direct release. I remember my first feature film released in 2017 and all Andheri who came to support it, more for me than the film. I love cinema and my life revolves around it. During all these years, I still failed to crack the code on my own and made a remarkable feature film, but I have always been a cheerleader to all my now famous friends of all genres. . For almost two years, I’ve been using a hashtag on Twitter called #NetflixCreditDedo, asking for one simple thing, credit the cast and crew in the movie / series trailer because that’s what we live for, see our name in the credits of the stories we work very hard to tell the world. Today a esteemed Brotherhood writer called me minsogynist, sexist and so on. And I wish I had brain fever. And then got my family into a problem that turned into a human brain fever. And then got my family into a problem that turned into a PR-War person. I have to write this long article to stop this mud dump. My joke about a writer who has to get married in the production house to get the credit we all deserve has turned into a war of the sexes. I fully agree with the points made by people everywhere, but THIS is not about gender, feminism and sexism. It is about the technical crew of the content which continues to be sidelined and treated like peasants by the authorities. These are platforms like Netflix, Prime, Hotstar, Zee5 and others are starting to give cast and crew credit in their promotional material. So my tweet If you want to headlining as a screenwriter in a trailer (which should be the norm) you have to get married in the production house. Once the writer becomes a member of the family, he is treated like an actor-star. #Goals’ reads that it’s about bringing down a fellow writer and taking away their hard work, so the problem lies in the reader’s interpretation. I am clear, once and for all. My issues were and are #Creditdedonetflix and if anyone still felt offended by my remarks, I apologize to everyone who felt it. And if what happened today shakes the powers of Netflix and they decide to create a uniform credit plate for all necessary promotional trailers, I am more than happy to be called by the famous writer until we can have that basic demand satisfied. #EndScene #M idnightmusingsbhimaanlochahotoh.
Navjot Gulati is known as Jai Mummy Di (2020), Happily Ever After (2020) and more.