After successfully taming resistance from the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, a Marathi socio-political movie Zhenda faced yet another roadblock before its release on Friday.
On Thursday, the family of a sainik-turned Congressman Narayan Rane objected to some scenes in the movie and threatened to stall the film.
The movie will now be released after certain scenes that are loosely based on Narayan Rane’s character are cut. New dates of release were not announced.
It is said that the movie deals with the split in the Shiv Sena and its subsequent impact on the sainiks. Some characters resemble with the Sena’s executive president Uddhav Thackeray, his estranged cousin and MNS chief Raj Thackeray and Narayan Rane, who quit the Sena to join the Congress four years ago.
Rane’s younger son Nitesh, who leads a social organisation ‘Swabhiman’, demanded a special screening of the movie on Wednesday. After watching the film, he did not approve of certain scenes and asked producer-director Avadhoot Gupte to cut them before the release.
“It seems this movie is made to promote Uddhav and his party which was rejected by the people in recent polls,” Nitesh told Hindustan Times. “I have asked Gupte cut the scenes that we don’t approve of.”
Later in the evening, an upset Gupte told media that Rane’s effort was an attack on his freedom of expression. “I will not say much on this because I have decided to delete the scenes before the movie is released after some days.”