A petition seeking stay on the release on Bollywood movie Shorgul was filed on Thursday before the Allahabad High Court bench alleging certain scenes in it threatened to disturb social harmony.
The PIL was filed by a Meerut social worker Milan Som, a local leader of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), is based on what is shown in the movie’s trailer. He sought a stay on the movie scheduled to be released on June 24. According to petitioner’s counsel Digvijay Nath Dubey, certain scenes in the film were highly objectionable and threatened to disturb social harmony.
The movie, featuring Jimmy Shergill and Ashutosh Rana in lead roles, is based on friendship between a Hindu boy and a Muslim girl that snowballs into a political issue leading to unrest and chaos in society.
The petition also alleges that Shorgul features characters inspired by BJP legislator Sangeet Som, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav and cabinet minister Azam Khan.
Reacting to the development, Jimmy said the movie is not based on anyone’s life: “Shorgul is not a biopic. If it was, we would have taken permission and spent time with the person concerned as we have to understand our role. But there is nothing like that. It is a socio-political film, with a love story.”
“How the trailer is made is on the makers of the film. It’s not in the actor’s hands. The film is not based on any person’s life,” Jimmy said adding that the movie has already gone through the censor board, which has passed it. “There is also a clipping which clearly states that all characters are fictitious,” he added.
Shorgul co-director Jitendra Tiwari also defended the movie, saying that the film is based on the basic principle of “where does humanity stand”. “It is not based on a single incident or individual. We are extremely proud of the fact that the film is inspired by incidents that the common man can immediately relate to. We are bringing a contemporary twist to incidents that have fundamentally affected the peace of a democracy as ours by asking the question of ‘where does humanity stand in the midst of intolerance’,” Tiwari said.
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The film, which Tiwari has co-directed with P. Singh, is set against the backdrop of Uttar Pradesh. It touches upon intolerance and the cacophony created by religious, social, political and economic prejudices. Shorgul has been shot in the backdrop of Muzaffarnagar communal riots in Uttar Pradesh in 2014.
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