Filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri screened his movie “Buddha in a Traffic Jam” at the Jadavpur University campus in Kolkata. However, it drew loud protests from a large section of students and later led to clashes.
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On his visit to JU, Agnihotri faced massive protest inside the campus by leftist students.
Reports say the director was gheraoed by pro-left students who raised slogans him for highlighting Indian communists in poor light in his forthcoming film. They also accused Agnihotri of working on the RSS’ agenda.
Agnihotri was welcomed at the campus gates with black flags, sloganeering and placards asking him to leave. Reports say even the glass pane of his car was left shattered in the commotion.
Jadavpur University Students hold posters and demonstrating against film director Vivek Agnihotri deccanchronicle
Students aligned to All India Students Association (AISA), Democratic Front of India (DFI) and Student Federation of India (SFI) staged a massive protest against Agnihotri.
Asked on why there were protests against his film, he said:
After the movie screening, students from ABVP and other Left-backed unions reportedly engaged in a fight in which few of them received minor injuries.
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“The students arranged a bed-sheet and turned it into a screen to see my film. Many watched it and realised it’s not what they were thinking. It is a realistic film,” Agnihotri, who has in the past made films like “Hate Story” and “Goal.”
Mayhem at Jadavpur Univ due to a small film. Broke my shoulder. But screened the film. Victory of FoE. — Vivek Agnihotri (@vivekagnihotri) May 6, 2016
The agitating students said they have nothing against the screening of the film, but were protesting against the “divisive content” in the film, which also stars Anupam Kher.
BJP’s actress-turned-leader Rupa Ganguly filed a complaint at the Jadavpur police station that four of those invited for the screening of the award-winning film were beaten up and wrongly confined on a false accusation.
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The ABVP-backed organisers of the screening also drew attention to the simultaneous screening of Nakul Singh Sawhney’s controversial documentary “Muzaffarnagar Abhi Baki Hai” inside the campus.
The film had been opposed by students at Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University as well, for the way it portrays nationalism.
Buddha in a traffic Jam is scheduled to release on May 13. As per the teasers available through the trailer, the movie has shown leftist intellectuals as ones who propagate the ideology of Naxalism in overt and covert manner. The film features actors Mahie Gill, Aanchal Dwivedi, Pallavi Joshi, Anupam Kher, Arunoday Singh and Vivek Vaswani. Here is the trailer of the movie: