Controversial documentary to be screened at Punjabi Bhawan

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Nov 22, 2015 21:25 IST
A still from Nakul Singh Sawhney’s controversial documentary - Muzaffarnagar Baaqi Hai. (Courtesy: YOUTUBE)

Nakul Singh Sawhney’s controversial documentary - Muzaffarnagar Baaqi Hai - is all set to be screened at Punjabi Bhawan at 10am on November 29. The screening will be done by the Gyan Parsaar Samaj’s Ludhiana unit, following which the film director, Nakul Singh Sawhny, himself will participate in a discussion as chief guest.

Varun, spokesperson of the Gyan Parsaar Samaj, maintaining communal harmony is the main objective behind the screening. “Such activities in the field of art, culture, theatre and literature are the need of the hour. Their significance is bound to grow in the backdrop of the prevalent poisonous propaganda being promoted by anti-social forces who continue to vitiate the communal harmony in the country,”he said.

“When the fundamental right to expression is under serious threat after the cold blooded murders of Gobind Pansare, Narinder Dhabolkar and Prof MM Kalburgi, such type of conscious efforts are necessary to neutralise their nefarious designs,”Varun said.

Harish Modgil from the Gyan Parsaar Samaj said, “This documentary presents the reality of planned riots of Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pardesh, in 2013. The screening of this film has been disrupted many times by the fundamental forces in the past across the country. But this time we appeal the people to come and watch the screening so we can make a healthy debate on such issues. The director of the movie will be present to give the answers of the audience.”

Muzaffarnagar Baaqi Hai is a documentary based on Muzaffarnagar riots which resulted in several deaths. It also left a number of people of the two communities displaced.

The documentary shows two political outfits provoking masses against each other and the recorded interviews in the documentary also raise questions. The screening of the documentary has been disrupted in the past by the ABVP activists at some educational institutions.

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