CBFC rejects film on Gujarat riots

CBFC rejects film on Gujarat riots
New Delhi, Jul 16 (PTI) As the Godhra train carnage continues to evoke emotions and controversy, the film censors appear to be not taking any chances and have refused a certificate for the film 'Chand Bujh Gaya' on the riots in Gujarat in which the protagonist resembles Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

After the rejection by the Central Board of Film Certification, producer Faaiz Anwer and director Sharique Minhaj had approached the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal which too rejected it in April, just before the general elections.

Now the producer is threatening to knock the doors of the Bombay High Court for "seeking justice".

'Chand Bujh Gaya', starring Aamir Khan's brother Faisal Khan and Shama Sikandar, is a tragic love story set in the midst of the Gujarat riots, claim both Minhaj and Anwer.

However, rejecting the appeal, the Tribunal had said "We are of the unanimous opinion the film is full of gory visuals of violence and gruesome killings. Also, certain characters have definite resemblance to the real life personalities.

"Since the appellants are not agreeable to the suggested deletions, the Tribunal is of the opinion that the film, in its present form, will have an adverse impact on the people and may even lead to public disharmony." Anwer is all set to challenge the verdict against his film in the Bombay High Court. "My film just shows the negative repercussions of a riot and in fact is a love story aimed at communal harmony. After being bogged down by CBFC for the last 11 months, I have decided to seek recourse to law and would be going to the court in the next few days," he told PTI from Mumbai.

On the other hand, the Tribunal is maintaining its stand and says it is ready to defend the judgement in court, if the need arises.

"There seems to be a sort of ideological prejudice in the making of the film. The way it has been made and the kind of dialogues and violence it shows can lead to public disharmony," Tribunal Member Rakesh Sinha told PTI.

Sinha was part of the committee which had rejected the film.

He said the actor, who was playing the state Chief Minister in the movie -- Pratap Singh -- was made to look like Narendra Modi and even seemed to behave like him. "According to the movie, it seems the Chief Minister is engineering the riots," he claimed.

Sinha also questioned the source which had financed the film.

Anwer has, however, refused to change the actor who has played Modi in the film. "I have already made many deletions in my film on the objection of CBFC. I cannot make any further changes and refuse to change Pratap Singh," he said.

The movie shows the love story between a Hindu boy and a Muslim girl on the Sabarmati Express which is going towards Godhra. Finally, both become casualty of the communal violence that follows.

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