Activist Anna Hazare, along with 100 villagers from his native Ralegan Siddhi, watched the premiere of Gali Gali Chor Hai on Tuesday. The filmmakers wanted the 74-year-old to be the first to view their political satire and grant it his blessings. That might explain why the item number Chhanno performed by Pakistani actor Veena Malik, was dropped from the very first screening.
Lead actor Akshaye Khanna, who attended the open-air screening along with co-stars Shriya Saran and Mugdha Godse, hastens to explain: “We wanted to make the film for Anna as crisp as possible. He is not enjoying the best of health.”
Point out that involving the Gandhian in promotions was a cleverly-timed feat, and Akshaye says, “However honest our cause is, we have to face the brunt that it’s a publicity stunt.”
The film concludes with a scene where Akshaye, who plays a common man pitted against a corrupt system, slaps a police officer and local politician in contempt. Interestingly, Anna, who was a key participant in Gandhi’s Satyagraha (non-violent movement) against the British Raj, made special mention of the scene, saying, “When the tolerance level of common people crosses a limit, then the only resort is to give a tight slap, irrespective of how powerful the person may be. That’s been the film’s message. That’s the only way left now.”
The film directed by Rumi Jaffrey is set to hit theatres on February 3.