Mumbai, Jun 29: In the wake of a demand to ban the soon-to-be-released film Shorgul, which is loosely based on the 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots, its makers feel it would have been better had the film industry come out in their support. Controversial BJP leader Sangeet Som from Uttar Pradesh has demanded a ban on the screening of the riot-themed movie in certain parts of that state saying that its contents could disturb the social harmony and create communal tension.
The film is a political thriller directed by Pranav K Singh and Jitentra Tiwari and produced by 24 FPS film Pvt Ltd. It stars Jimmy Shergill, Suha Gezen, Ashutosh Rana, Hiten Tejwani, Narendra Jha, Anirudh Dave and Sanjay Suri in the lead roles. (ALSO READ: There are two sides to intolerance or film censorship: Jimmy Shergill)
When asked if the makers are sad due to the lack of support from Bollywood, Hiten Tejwani, told reporters, “Had there been support (for the film), it would’ve been very good. We would’ve been very very happy. There are many reasons why they support or don’t. Maybe they think this film is not worth it. It’s their thinking. We are not big shots yet,” Hiten said.
Recently, many Bollywood actors had come out in support of Udta Punjab, when it was caught in a censorship row that snowballed into a political controversy. (ALSO READ: Jimmy Shergill starrer Shorgul release date postponed to July 1)
Shashie Verma, creative director of Shorgul, echoed similar sentiment and said the lack of prominent names backing the film “could be one of the reasons” for not many Bollywod personalities coming out in support.
“We are not upset. But had they (Bollywood) supported us, it would’ve been better… Even ‘Udta Punjab’ had to go through this despite very prominent people being involved in it,” he said. “We tried from our side (to seek help), but I won’t name anyone. No one has come forward yet,” Verma added.