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Shootout At Wadala makers apologise, Punjab protesters demur

Agencies  New Delhi, May 07, 2013
First Published: 14:09 IST(7/5/2013) | Last Updated: 14:37 IST(7/5/2013)

The screening of Shootout At Wadala was cancelled on Sunday in Moga, Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Bathinda and Amritsar after Bhartiya Valmiki Dharam Samaj (BVDS) complained that certain dialogues in the film offended their community.

Reportedly, the producers of the film have sent a letter to BVDS apologising for hurting their sentiments.

The Indian Express reports that Balaji Productions has apologised to BVDS and also said in the letter that they were ready to censor the objectionable content.

However, the daily further says that the officials of BVDS have refused to accept the apology.

The English daily quoted from the letter, "We have complied with the requisition and scrabble will be complied by next one hour and apologise for the inconvenience caused to the community. We had no intentions to hurt sentiments of any community, caste or religion and regret if film has hurt sentiments of any community, caste or religion."

The letter was addressed to the lawyer of BVDS.

The protesters have reportedly demanded that representatives from Mumbai should promise that such objectionable dialogues will never be used in films.

On Sunday, BVDS had sent legal notices to Ekta Kapoor and Sanjay Gupta. Laxman Dravid, National Director of BVDS, said that they have sent legal notices to Ekta Kapoor and Sanjay Gupta (the producer and the director of Shootout At Wadala).

Dravid added that the film's makers should have thought twice before saying anything against Valmikiji.

Echoing his sentiments, Deepak Hans (President of Dr Ambedkar Ekta Mission) said that the two objectionable dialogues in the film are Har Chor Valmiki Nahi Hota and Eklavya Ne Angutha Dia Tha, Main Poora Haath De Dunga.

He assured that once these lines are censored, then they will have no objection in the film. Earlier, Pakistan had deferred from screening the Sanjay Gupta film Shootout At Wadala.



Sonu Sood's family in Punjab besieged, actor seeks state security
At least 200 local inhabitants of Moga in Punjab stormed Sonu Sood's family home in Moga demanding that the actor who is a pivotal part of the cast of Sanjay Gupta's Shootout At Wadala, issue a public apology for the alleged insult in the film to the revered Sanskrit scholar Valmiki.

The protestors swooped down on Sood's unsuspecting family, causing them to panic.

Says Sood, "When I got a call from home on Sunday in Moga saying our home was under attack I was puzzled. I'd do nothing to ever insult offend the people of Punjab or to put my family under any risk."

Apparently, Sonu Sood's father who was home in Moga was badly shaken by the attack. Says the concerned son, "We are law-abiding god-fearing simple middleclass folks. My father has never hurt a fly. Why should my family or I be made answerable for something that some other character has said? I am just one of the actors in Shootout At Wadala. How can I be responsible for every dialogue in the film?"

Sood says he won't apologize for the offending dialogue.

"I am glad people in Punjab see me as their representative in Bollywood. They've reacted emotionally and stormed my home in Moga. But I am in no way responsible for the supposed insult."

Sood is deeply concerned about the safety of his father and family in Moga. Security has been arranged for their safety.

(With inputs from Bollywood Hungama reports)

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