Friday, March 11, 2005

Chand Bujh Gaya sees the daylight

NDTV: "After a three-year long battle with controversies, the Censor Board and the court, Chand Bujh Gaya, a film on the Gujarat riots, is finally ready to be released next week. First it started getting threats from the saffron brigade. Then the Censor Board wanted to ban it because the film uses a lookalike of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, instigating riots.

However, the Bombay High Court ruled in its favour and directed the Censor Board to certify the film without cuts. 'The honourable judges Chandrachud and Bhandari said it did not matter if the man looked like Narendra Modi or anyone else,' says Faaiz Anwaar, producer.

But in these three years much has changed. Various reports into the riots and the ongoing court cases, have thrown up an untold body of facts that don't match with those picturised in the film. 'I am putting a band across the scene saying that the film was based on reports available when I was making the movie,' adds the producer.

But already movies and documentaries on Gujarat like Final Solution and Dev have been released, making Chand Bujh Gaya, somewhat of a late entry."

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