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Mohall Assi trailer leaked to malign the film: Director

Director Chandraprakash Dwivedi says it’s a conspiracy and could hurt film’s release.

bollywood Updated: Jun 18, 2015 18:25 IST
Deep Saxena
Deep Saxena
Hindustan Times
Sunny Deol,Mohalla Assi,Trailer

The leaked trailer of Sunny Deol starring Mohalla Assi, shot and set on the famous ghat of Varanasi, is trending on social networking sites and drawing flak for the cuss words and a scene of Lord Shiva look-alike. Director Chandraprakash Dwivedi and producer Vinay Tiwari in a chat with HT City, call this leak a conspiracy that has hurt them, the actors and also author Kashi Nath Singh on whose novel (Kashi Ka Assi) the film is based.

“There are a few things I want to clarify — this is not the official trailer, it’s a leaked version for which we have lodged an FIR in Oshiwara (Mumbai Police) and Cyber Cell. It’s a conspiracy to malign us and the film. The version has been made in such a way that it shows as if the film is all about abuses and maligns the image of the holy city. That is not true. This is not what our film is all about,” Dwivedi clarifies.

The film was shot in Varanasi in 2011 and since then it has been in the dock over the release. “It has been four years since the film was shot. I am fighting a battle for its release and now this controversy crops up taking all of us by surprise. I have worked closely on literature -- be it Chanakya, mythological TV shows, film Pinjar or even with this book -- I am very true to them. I have never deviated with the scripts. Does my past work reflect that I will do something of this sort? I am deeply hurt…and think what must be going through Kashi Nath Singh, Sunny (Deol) and other actors!” The film also stars Ravi Kishan and Sakshi Tanvar.

The director tells that the final cut of the film is yet to be done and someone has used to show the film in bad light. “The language used in the film is true to the book’s script and the way people speak in this part of the world. But, that’s a separate debate! The film exposes the ill-practice that’s deeply rooted at the ghats and our protagonist (Sunny) is fighting against it. The anger is against abuses and Lord Shiva look-alike. I want to clarify that he is a disguise who is fooling people. Let the official trailer be out. The film is not complete yet and then it will go with several cuts before going to the Censor Board. Once the film is released and there is something inappropriate, I am ready to take the blame,” says Dwivedi.

He hints that it is possible that someone from his team could be part of the controversy due to personal interests. The director fears that it could also hamper the release of the film.

Lucknow-based producer Vinay Tiwari, who has also produced forthcoming film Miss Tanakpur Hajir Ho that has also run in controversy with Khap panchayats, tells that the trailer has been pulled down from various platforms and crime branch is working on it. “It’s a conspiracy and we are doing all to bring the culprits to task. It’s a very honest film and this trailer gives a wrong impression of the film,” tells Tiwari adding that the film may be released by this year-end.

First Published: Jun 18, 2015 18:23 IST