Indian movie director faces death threats over new film

Indian movie director faces death threats over new film December 5, 2017

Back in 1992, Hindu fanatics numbering 150,000 demolished the 16th-century Babri Mosque in the city of Ayodhya because the site was considered by some be Ram Janmabhoomi, the actual birthplace of the god Rama. The demolition resulted in several months of intercommunal rioting between India’s Hindu and Muslim communities, causing the death of at least 2,000 people.
The incident inspired Indian movie director Sunil Singh, above, to make a movie called Games of Ayodhya, due for release on December 8 – and zealots now want him dead.
His home in Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, was vandalised by right-wing Hindu activists on Sunday and Yogesh Varshney, city president of Hindu Jagran Manch in Aligarh said that they would not allow the movie, which narrates a love story between a Hindu man and a Muslim woman in Ayodhya at the time of Babri Masjid demolition, to be released in the city. He said:

Today we have blackened the wall of Singh’s house. If he doesn’t back down, we will kill him.

And one student leader wants his hands chopped off.
Singh, who is also the National President of the Lok Dal political party expressed shock at the incident.

The people who did this are self-proclaimed arbiters of religion. Police should have prevented them from committing these acts. If the Censor Board has approved the movie, who are they to stop its release? They are threatening to kill me and set fire to my house, and police has been keeping mum.

Singh claimed that the movie is based on truth and there are no distortions in it, as being claimed by some.

These so-called Hintutva activists are not ready to accept the truth, but people need to know the truth behind the events.

Singh added that he was trying to get the movie screened at Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) before its release in theatres and he was in touch with university authorities.

The purpose behind screening the movie at AMU is to clarify to the other community that there is nothing against them in the movie.

However, university authorities claimed that they were not aware of any plans for screening the movie in the campus and maintained that they would not allow it.
Singh said the film was shot in Faizabad, Ayodhya, Lucknow and Mumbai. It was completed in January.

The film was denied certificate in January by the Central Board of Film Certification. I then moved the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal against this decision and the order was set aside in October. Now, I have decided to release the film all over India on December 8.

Hat tip: Gaurav Tyagi

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  • AgentCormac

    Hintutva activists are not ready to accept the truth? I think you could happily apply that to just about anyone who is religiously inclined.

  • L.Long

    Hindodo trying its best to show it can be as violent and insane and abysmally stOOpid as isLame!! Good work hindodo, you are succeeding quit well!

  • Broga

    They never engage what intelligence they still posses after years of indoctrination.

  • Duuuhhhuuhuhhh

    Frankly speaking we should just get this over and done with once and for all. Bring on WW3 with all the modern weaponry and let the religious lunatics do their absolute worst killing each other off. Several billion fewer idiots in the world would surely be a good thing for the planet. In fact it may be the only thing that can pull the earth back from the brink of irreversible climate change and pollution. Go got it guys and put yourselves out of my misery. I’m sick of listening to primitive bigotries. Let’s them happily consign themselves to a fast track paradise and the rest of us can get on with wholesome stuff.

  • Alan C

    As an Atheist, I am constantly ‘offended’ by child abuse and misogyny, and who are the main perpetrators? The bloody religious of ALL stripes.
    It’s a fucking film, if you don’t think you’ll like it, don’t watch it.

  • 1859

    A love story between a muslim and a hindu? And four hundred years ago it was between a Capulet and a Montague…madness hasn’t changed much….
    ‘From forth the fatal loins of these two foes
    A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life…’

  • Broga

    Duuuhhhuuhuhhh: Yup! The human pest needs culling. I saw a picture recently with one of the odious Trump’s sicko son’s posturing with a leopard he had shot.

  • Frank

    Broga … Pity he doesn’t shoot his Dad.

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  • Broga

    Frank: And make millions of people both happier and safer.

  • sailor1031

    Be careful wishing some fate on Trump be it death or merely impeachment; if Trump goes the next president will be Pence – I guarantee you won’t like it. And next in line after the theocrat is Paul Ryan. There are no good options – haven’t been for many years – but let’s not make it even worse. At least Trump is entertaining in a black, black kind of way

  • gedediah

    @ Duuuhhhuuhuhhh. Be careful what you ask for. When one tribe of believers has killed of all the others they’ll start on the non-believers.

  • Broga

    sailor1031: Trump seems to be what a relative of mine, a long term resident in California, describes as “the least worst option, at least at the present.”

  • sailor1031

    @Broga: agreed. Maybe if the democrats can reform their party….otherwise I’m afraid we will have more republicans in 2020 though probably not Trump. However some morons in the DNC are actually talking about running Clinton again – oy veh! Tonedeaf and colourblind.