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SPPU gives 7 days to Manjule to remove film set from ground

However, when approached, the film-maker reacted to the decision stating that he was not aware of the development.

pune Updated: Feb 09, 2018 17:19 IST
Ananya Barua
Ananya Barua
Hindustan Times, Pune
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The film set of Nagraj Manjule's film on SPPU ground on February 5, 2018.(HT FILE PHOTO)

With the controversy surrounding the rental of the playground belonging to Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) to national award-winning director Nagraj Manjule for a building a film set gaining momentum, the university has now decided to send an ultimatum of evacuation to the director.

“I take full responsibility of the situation as the head of the university and has now taken the decision to send a notice to the director to vacate the space as soon as possible. We will be sending a letter to director Manjule on Thursday to clarify that no further extension will be given to him as he has already missed the deadline. As per our notice, he will have to vacate the space within seven to eight days,” said vice-chancellor of the university, Nitin Karmalkar, during a press conference on Thursday.

A few days back, the Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) had come under scrutiny for leasing out the university ground to Manjule for building a set for his upcoming Hindi film based on football. As per the initial agreement, he was to make use of the land for a period of 45 days, which was to end on November 15. However, despite the completion of the period, the film set continued to occupy the space for over 120 days, thus attracting complaints from various student organisations.

However, when approached, the film-maker reacted to the decision stating that he was not aware of the development.“I am not aware of this new update, but the university has indeed asked me to finish the shoot as soon as possible,” said Manjule.

Earlier, during a functionat the Pune Rural Maharashtra Police Youth Parliament Championship, Manjule had responded to the situation stating that the ground on which the set had been erected was never meant to be a playground which was to be used for sports and that the free area adjacent to it was still open for sports.

First Published: Feb 08, 2018 23:40 IST