Makers of the Jimmy Sheirgill-starrer Shorgul shifted the release date of the movie to July 1 after allegations that the film, which touches on the 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots, hurt the sentiments of the Muslim community.
A fatwa has been issued against Sheirgill by Khamman Peer Baba Committee, which states that the actor has acted in scenes which will cause unrest in the community. Theatre owners in Muzaffarnagar also refused to screen the film despite authorities assuring them of adequate security.
“I cannot understand what is causing all this. We want to tell people that there is nothing in the film which will hurt anyone. Officially, there is no opposition from the government,” said director Pranav Singh.
“The people who are opposing this film don’t want to come out in the open, which is what makes it tougher to deal with them,” he added.
Producer Swatantra Vijay Singh said they have now been forced to push the release date to July 1. “ There is a sense of apprehension among the film exhibitors pertaining to the showcasing of the film and many cinema managers have expressed their reservation. Despite our repeated reassurances there are certain theatre chains which have maintained their stand of not showcasing the film,” he said.
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The producer added that they did not anticipate this kind of an outrage. “We never expected all this to happen. We have never said that the film was only based on the Muzaffarnagar riots. We want to show how it is when riots take place and have taken references from other riots as well,” he said.
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