Mumbai/Lucknow, July 1: Amid tight security, Bollywood film ‘Shorgul‘ is all set to hit the screens today. The filmmakers of ‘Shorgul’ met Uttar Pradesh director General of Police Javeed Ahmed yesterday to thank him in maintaining the law and order situation in the state. “We have come here to thank the Uttar Pradesh DGP. The way they have tackled the issue is really appreciable. If you get any help from the administration, it should be appreciated,” actor Narendra Jha told ANI. (ALSO READ: Shorgul controversy: Bollywood should’ve backed the film, feels actor Hiten Tejwani)
Actor Eijaz Khan said it’s a very important film for today’s time. “There was some problem. The producer got some phone calls. The film was supposed to be released on June 24, but it is now releasing on July 1. No one has been blamed in the film and no religion has been put in bad light. It is a very important film for today’s time. I think, all must watch this film,” he added.
An alert was issued earlier on June 23 to all the Superintendents of Police in Uttar Pradesh for maintaining the law and order situation. The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court earlier on June 7 quashed the plea seeking ban on release of the movie . The petition, filed by a social worker, had sought stay on the release of the movie alleging certain scenes in it threatened to disturb social harmony. ALSO READ: There are two sides to intolerance or film censorship: Jimmy Shergill)
The social worker, who as per reports is a local leader of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) in Meerut, filed the PIL after seeing the movie’s trailer. The movie was first scheduled to be released on June 24 but was later on postponed to July 1.
The movie, which features Jimmy Shergill and Ashutosh Rana in lead roles, is based on friendship between a Hindu boy and a Muslim girl that snowballs into a political issue leading to unrest and chaos in society. (ANI)