Vinod Kapri upcoming film Miss Tanakpur Haazir Ho has been in news for all the wrong reasons of late. Adding to that is the latest report that the khap panchayat in Muzaffarnagar (Uttar Pradesh) has warned cinema hall owners against screening the movie and even threatened to damage their properties if the warning is not heeded to.
The threat has scared the exhibitors, who have decided against screening
, which is a social satire on the state of judiciary in India.
The entertainment tax officer has also advised the theatre owners to show precaution and not plan for the film in the city of Muzaffarnagar. "This is completely disgusting and makes me feel that we are living in a banana republic. How can anyone threaten to damage cinemas wanting to play my film that's a social satire? This is a misuse of power vested upon the
. I only plead them to act responsibly and not cause damage to my film that I have made with passion and a lot of objectivity on the subject that I'm dealing with in the film," Kapri said in a statement.
Miss Tanakpur Haazir Ho narrates the story of a man who is falsely accused by a village strongman of raping a buffalo. The powerful man of the village also gets the khap panchayat to pass a verdict that he has to marry the victim, the buffalo called Miss Tanakpur.
Starring Annu Kapoor, Ravi Kishan, Om Puri, Rahul Bagga and Hrishita Bhatt, it is being marketed and distributed by Fox Star Studios and is set to release on Friday.
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(With inputs from IANS & PTI)