Miss Tanakpur director Vinod Kapri sought police protection on Wednesday after receiving death threats from a Khap panchayat in Uttar Pradesh. The Khap panchayat is said to have announced that they will give 51 buffaloes to anyone who beheads director Vinod Kapri.
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convened in village Bhainsi of district Muzaffarnagar on Friday to discuss the issue and it demanded to release the film only after seeking no objection from Khap leaders. Describing the film as an insult to villages and khap panchayats, people participating in the meeting suggested ways to teach a lesson to the director so that no one could dare to project a negative image of khap panchayat and village culture in future. A few suggested to parade the director naked while other advised to stage a dharna outside director's residence. A person offered 51 buffaloes whosoever will bring the director's head.
"Khap members were angry over maligning the image of panchayats and villages therefore gave suggestions including reward of 51 buffaloes on director's head," said Raju Ahalawat, president of Bhartiya Kisan Union's Muzaffarnagar district.
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Describing Panchayat's decision irrelevant and unethical, film director Vinod Kapri has earlier clarified that he respects khap panchayats and requested them to first watch the movie before issuing any decision.
After seeking police protection, Kapri said in a statement: "Actually, I'm a little shocked and worried. Shocked about the death threat. But at the same time I'm relieved that what I wanted to show through my film has already been proven by such statements. I'm worried for my family, not for myself. I'm seeking police protection because I'm here in Mumbai and my family is in Noida (Uttar Pradesh). In this busy schedule of releasing the film just two weeks later, I'm constantly thinking about my family at the back of my mind. So if they are protected I would be relieved."
Asked whether Kapri is planning to file a case against the Khap panchayat ruling, he said: "No, I would not want to lodge any complaint against them. But yes, I would request them to act sensibly, logically and responsibly. Such immature and illegal statements are not expected from Khap panchayats ruled by the experienced and elderly."
The trailer of Miss Tanakpur Haazir Ho earned praise from Amitabh Bachchan and Rajkumar Hirani. The film narrates the story of a man who is falsely accused by a village strongman that he has raped a buffalo named Miss Tanakpur. The powerful man of the village also gets the Khap panchayat to pass a verdict that he has to marry the victim.
"I respect them and want to request them to be patient and not pass such immoral judgments without even seeing the film," he added.
Miss Tanakpur Haazir Ho, which stars Annu Kapoor, Ravi Kishan, Om Puri, Rahul Bagga and Hrishita Bhatt, is set to release on June 26.