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Bollywood rallies around Aamir Khan

FFI has requested Gujarat Govt to see to it that Fanaa is released in the state.

india Updated: May 30, 2006 02:16 IST

Aamir Khan has got the muscle he needed now.

Three days after his Fanaa ran into trouble with the BJP in Gujarat, the actor on Monday got the verdict of his colleagues: "We stand with you."

Bollywood biggies -- producers, directors and actors -- came together to condemn the unofficial ban on Fanaa in Gujarat and pledged their support to Aamir. Amit Khanna, president of the Film and Television Producers' Guild of India said: "The film industry stands united and supports Aamir Khan and protests against suppression of the industry's freedom of expression."

Pahlaj Nihalani, president of the Association of Motion Pictures and Television Programme Producers, said: "The film industry is always targeted. First it was Jo Bole So Nihaal, then it was Fanaa. How can we allow this to happen?"

Speaking on the Aamir's statements on Narmada dam oustees that led to the unofficial ban in Gujarat, director Aziz Mirza said, "He has only spoken in support of the Supreme Court judgment, that the Narmada dam displaced should be appropriately rehabilitated. It's ridiculous on part of people to protest his statements."

Actors Anil Kapoor and Hrithik Roshan said there was nothing wrong in Aamir's stand. "Whatever is happening is not right. No one has the right to stop a film from being released," Kapoor said.

Nihalani said the industry  won't give up. "If Fanaa  isn't released in Gujarat on Friday, we'll plan an apt course of action to assert our freedom of expression," he said.

Earlier, the Film Federation of India (FFI) too said the Gujarat government should intervene and "render justice."

In a statement in Chennai, Federation President Boney Kapoor, said a request has already been sent to the Gujarat government to intervene and see to it that the film is released in Gujarat.

Telegrams have also been sent to the Gujarat Chief Minister, Chief Secretary and Home secretary, he said.

"It is very unfortunate that the exhibitors in Gujarat are refusing to screen the film even though the film does not have anything objectionable or controversial. It has been cleared by the censor.The entire film industry of India is concerned that a particular film is not being screened in a particular area of India for no valid reason," he said.

The FFI is the apex body of the film industry in the country.