After being reprimanded by the Bombay HC for ordering 89 cuts in Udta Punjab, Censor Board now has denied clearance to a Gujarati movie Salagto Sawaal: Anamat based on Patel quota agitation.
“The film has been denied certification as it may incite law and order problem if released in its present form, as the film is based on the life of (quota agitation leader) Hardik Patel who is in prison and the matter is subjudiced,” CBFC office superintendent, who looks after regional films, K D Kamble told PTI.
He added that there are dialogues against Dr B R Ambedkar and reservation policy.
However, the makers of the movie denied board’s claims. They have now moved their application to the revising committee of the CBFC and are awaiting its nod.
“We recently received reply from CBFC in which it said that the movie is based on Hardik Patel. Our film is not based on Hardik Patel’s life. We have based the film on the Patidar reservation agitation,” director Rajesh Gohil said.
Makers of another movie Power of Patidar are sensing the same trouble. To avoid that, they have invited chief minister Anandiben Patel to a private screening of the movie.
Along with the chief minister, makers have invited minister of state for home Rajanikant Patel and opposition leader Shankersinh Vaghela.
“If they accept our request, we will show them our film at their place at their convenient time. If they suggest any valid changes, we will be carrying out those and thereafter go for the CBFC certification,” said Deeepak Soni, the maker of movie.
A third movie is being made in Hindi on the same theme. The movie Humme Haq Chahiya – Haq Se is currently in the editing process.
“Our film is on the present system of education and employment and doing away with the quota system. The shooting of the film is over and now the editing process is on. It will be ready by July-end” says Himmat Ladumore, the producer.
Whether it is approved by the board or not, it is to be seen.
Last year, Patel leaders in Gujarat caused a stir demanding reservations for their community. The months-long upheaval resulted in several deaths. Their leader Hardik Patel is in jail after being charged with sedition among other offences.