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Film lands in trouble over riot scenes

May 5, 2013


May 05--AHMEDABAD -- Three months after the release of smash-hit Hindi film, Kai Po Che, its makers have landed in the dock.

A public interest litigation (PIL) has been filed in the Gujarat High Court seeking cancellation of the Censor Board's clearance certificate given to it on the ground that the movie adapted from one of the best-sellers of celebrated writer Chetan Bhagat slanders the Hindu community with its depiction of 2002 communal riots in the state.

According to the PIL, the film based on Bhagat's has violated Section 5B of the Cinematograph Act by depicting the Hindu community in bad light holding it entirely responsible for the massacre in which 1,500 people, mostly Muslims, had been killed.

The PIL also said that pending the final decision, the producers should be restrained from selling TV rights and releasing DVD/CD of the film. But the judges scheduled the hearing for June 20 after the petitioners said they would provide an official DVD of the film to the court for its viewing.

The PIL also demanded that riot scenes be deleted or edited and criminal action be taken against producers "for defaming a particular group of Hindus at large".

Earlier, taking cognisance of petitioner's complaint, the chief justice started reading aloud a riot-related paragraph in the book, which was presented as evidence but abruptly stopped in the middle and commented, "The language doesn't look decent. A chaste writer cannot write this stuff. The language looks pornographic."

Bhagat's first novel had also been developed into a movie by actor Aamir Khan and director Rajkumar Hirani.


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