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Censors Take Tough Stance On Dholakia's Film On Kashmir

The promo of Rahul Dholakia-directed film Lamha has run into trouble with the censor board.  According to a media report, the board had initially rejected the promo outright after which the filmmakers approached the revising
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PTI June 15, 2010 14:10 IST
The promo of Rahul Dholakia-directed film Lamha has run into trouble with the censor board.  

According to a media report, the board had initially rejected the promo outright after which the filmmakers approached the revising committee, which suggested several changes.

Says Dholakia: "After a lot of discussion, better sense prevailed. I have the utmost respect for Sharmilaji, the chairperson of the board, so I accepted the changes suggested by  the committee. Some of the dialogue have been altered".   

Some of the crucial modifications include the removal of the word 'sabse' from 'Duniya ki sabse khatarnak jagah Kashmir' and 'farji' from 'farji elections'.  

The film is yet to reach the Censor Board for certification. 



Rahul Dholakia says,  his movie only represents the true picture of Kashmir and he wants to counter the stereotyped portrayal of violence in the Valley created by media over the years.

After allegations that his film portrays Kashmir Valley in a negative light, Dholakia says, Lamha represents the true picture of Kashmir Valley.  

Dholakia's first film, Parzania, made on the 2002 Gujarat communal riots, was critically acclaimed.

Dholakia is getting both ends with stick. While the Censor Board is furious over depiction of Kashmir as ‘duniya ki sabse khatarnaak jagah', the separatist female  leader Syeda Aasiya Andrabi, head of the Dukhtaran-e-Millat, has objected to her depiction in the film.

Dholakia say,  he hasn't received any legal notice from  Syeda Aasiya Andrabi and that his film doesn't portray any of Kashmir's separatist leaders.

News reports suggest that Bollywood hottie Bipasha Basu is playing the role of Andrabi in the film.

“My film is pro-Kashmir and the situation depicted in the film is real. My film is about the pain and suffering, the people of Kashmir have undergone,” Dholakia had told reporters in Srinagar.

“The media has stereotyped an image of Kashmir. It only shows the bomb blasts and the encounters. My idea is to break this stereotype and portray the original and true picture of Kashmir in my film.”

Dholakia refuted the news reports that Bipasha is playing the role of  Andrabi in the film or that Anupam Kher is playing the role of Hurriyat leader, Syed Ali Shah Geelani.

But, Aasiya Andrabi says  she has served a legal notice to Dholakia and his team for portraying her character in the film. “I have served a legal notice to the director for portraying my character in the film without my permission,” said Andrabi.  “We have given them two days to reply. After that we will decide what to do.”

The movie ran into controversy from the very beginning. The shooting of the film was first halted in October last year after fruit traders in Srinagar objected to a scene showing guns being packed in apple boxes. The fruit traders apprehended that Dholakia wants to show the nexus between fruit growers and militants in his film.

The shooting of the film was again stopped when students of a college in Anantnag in south Kashmir raised objections over some of the portions of the film being shot inside their college premises.
 

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