Fresh PIL in HC against film on Indira Gandhi's assassination

Published: 12th October 2016 04:00 PM  |   Last Updated: 12th October 2016 04:00 PM   |  A+A-


A movie still from '31st October'


NEW DELHI: The release of Bollywood movie '31st October', based on the aftermath of the assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi including the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, has been opposed again in Delhi High Court.

A petition has been filed afresh against its release after the High Court on October 5 refused to entertain the plea, saying it was "badly drafted" and the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) was neither approached before, nor made a party.

The petitioner now has impleaded the CBFC as a party in his petition which claims that going by the trailers, posters and banners of the film, starring Soha Ali Khan and Vir Das in the lead, it is against the ideology of the "oldest political party of the country".

Indira Gandhi was assassinated on October 31, 1984. The movie, which is scheduled to be released on October 21, contains various scenes "aimed and targeted against a political figure of the country", the petition has claimed. The petitioner, Ajay Katara, has not named the politician in the petition.

The PIL claims that the film's producer, Magical Dreams Production Pvt Ltd, has used a look-alike of the unnamed political figure who has been "painted in a bad light". Apart from seeking blocking of its release, the plea also seeks deletion of some "offensive scenes" in the film.

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