Avami Vikas Party protest against Marathi movie ‘Lagna Mubarak’
On Wednesday, the cast and makers of Marathi movie ‘Lagna Mubarak’ were in for a rude shock when members of Avami Vikas Party (AVP) barged into the press meet organised by the former. A group of almost 10 members shouted slogans against the makers and film and blackened the posters of the film as well.
Sagar Pathak, the director of the film, had called for a press meet on Thursday to talk about his film. Pathak said, “We have been getting many comments and calls stating that the teasers of the film are objectionable. Therefore, we decided to hold a press meet to share details regarding the film. The film in no way hurts sentiments of any religion. It does not depict anything in poor taste. It is a romantic film with drama and comedy. I don’t understand why people oppose it.”
The meet was interrupted by a group led by Ashraf Wankar, who believes that the film has objectionable content. Wankar said, “I do not have any political ideologies. All I am saying is that the film highlights two communities and it could trigger riots in the state or worse, in the country. Today, the smallest issue causes fights and here we are talking about a love story between Hindus and Muslims. We asked the makers to show us the film, but they denied, so we are not going to let them release the film. We will do all that we can to obstruct the release.”
When Pathak was asked about the same, he said, “If the central board of film certification has cleared the film, then why should we show it to anyone. Tomorrow, anyone and everyone would get up and ask for a screening and raise objections. What is the point of having a governing body then?”
While the filmmakers were ready to sit down and have a chat with the members of AVP, the members did not pay any heed to the former’s requests.
The film is scheduled to release on May 11 and stars Mahesh Manjrekar, Sanjay Jadhav, Sanskruti Balgude and debutant Sidhaant Muley.