Amidst Udta Punjab row, makers of Shorgul agree to release film with cuts
Set against the backdrop of Uttar Pradesh, the release date of Shorgul has been preponed to June 17 with a few snips by the Central Board of Film Certification.
A 24 FPS Films Production, the Jimmy Sheirgill and Ashutosh Rana-starrer is based on intolerance and aspires to make audiences contemplate where humanity stands amidst the noise of religious, social, political and economic prejudice. It was set to release on June 24.
“In light of the recent controversies, we would not like to jeopardize the film's fate. Our film is strong in its content and messaging, and we are certain of bringing to light the reality of politics and power play,” producer Swatantra Vijay Singh said in a statement.
Although a PIL filed by Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader Milan Som against the film "Shorgul" has been dismissed by the Allahabad High Court bench in Lucknow, the censor board snipped the words 'Godhra' and 'Gau Ganga' from the film.
"We have been asked to make necessary edits in our film. However, our film is in no way controversial in nature and it will aesthetically bring to life real issues of real citizens. We will be the voice of the nation,” Singh said.
Co-directed by Jitendra Tiwari and P. Singh, the film will touch upon grave events that have transpired in the recent past such as Muzzafarnagar, Godhra, Babri Masjid riots apart from making references to the misdoings of some high profile dignitaries.
Shorgul also star actors Sanjay Suri, Narendra Jha, Hiten Tejwani, Eijaz Khan, Suha Gezen, Anirudh Dave and Deepraj Rana.
The music of the film has been scored by Lalit Pandit while a song has been penned by former Union Minister Kapil Sibal.
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