The music launch of Pakistani ghazal singer Ghulam Ali-starrer movie ‘Ghar Wapsi’ in Delhi is facing fresh hurdles, with the right wing ‘Hindu Sena’ threatening to disrupt the event.
Film’s director Suhaib Ilyasi has lodged a complaint with the Connaught Place police station following a “threat” call from Vishnu Gupta, the chief of Hindu Sena.
“I have met DCP, New Delhi, to talk about the threat regarding disruption of the music launch of my film ‘Ghar Wapasi’ on Monday. The film stars Ghulam Ali sahab and the Hindu Sena president is saying that they will not let the event to happen,” Ilyasi said.
Ilyasi said he received the “threat” call from Gupta on his cell phone. He has sought police protection for himself and his family and security cover for the event.
Gupta, meanwhile, claimed the film was “anti-Hindu” and “we have sought cancellation of its music launch. We have decided to protest against it”.
A Delhi Police officer said Ilyasi had approached them and adequate security will be ensured at the venue.
“Legal action will be taken against anyone who disrupts law and order,” he said.
The music release of the movie had to be cancelled in January following Shiv Sena’s opposition in Mumbai. Ali, 75, had cancelled his visit to Mumbai for the music launch following threat of disruption by Shiv Sena.
Ghulam Ali, whose several concerts in India had to be cancelled last year following Shiv Sena threats, is making his acting debut with the Hindi feature film. Besides acting, the singer has also composed and sung an Indian patriotic song for the movie.
The film also stars Alok Nath, Farida Jalal, Reema Lagoo, Deepak Tijori and Zarina Wahab. Singers like Sunidhi Chauhan, Sonu Nigam and Shaan have also lent their voice in the film.