’31st October’ release put off due to legal tangle

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Vir Das plays the lead male character in the film.

The film 31st October based on the assassination of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and its aftermath has now been pushed back for release on October 21.

Earlier Soha Ali Khan and Vir Das starrer was to be released on October 7 but now, due to a PIL was filed against the thriller, it has been delayed by two weeks.

The postponement of the release has been caused by a Delhi-based close aide of the Congress party who wants a ban on the movie, according to the producers.

“It’s been a tough journey ever since I started working on this subject but I didn’t give up then and will not give up now. From the censor to now getting threats, I am strong that I will make this film come to the big screen and people who don’t want this subject to come out, cannot stop the world to know the reality of 1984,” Harry Sachdeva, writer-producer of 31st October, said in a statement.

On October 4, a petition was filed in the Delhi High Court to stop the release of this film. The PIL said that the movie 31st October is an attack on secular fabric of India and and is contrary to the ideology of the country’s oldest political party.

“From whatever little is shown on trailers, it is clear that action and words used by the characters are of offending nature, they have all ingredients to tarnish the reputation of such persons. Apart from the fact that same can’t stand the test of fair comment or that of social interest, they appear to be provocative,” said the plea.

The plea filed by Ajay Katara also has demanded the director to delete some scenes before the release, saying there were various scenes in the movie which are aimed and targeted against a political figure of the country.

The petitioner has however not named any leader in the petition. The movie’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, the plea said.

It added that the movie has transgressed the right of expression, in as much as a particular person has been targeted so as to invite contempt and hatred against him. – CINEWS

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