The Censor Board today on Wednesday told Delhi High Court that Bollywood movie ’31st October’ based on the aftermath of the assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi including the 1984 anti-Sikh riots was certified for release after deletion of all offensive scenes.
The Central Board of Film Certification CBFC made the submission before a bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Sangita Dhingra Sehgal which is hearing a PIL opposing release of the film claiming that it is against the ideology of the quot;oldest political party of the countryquot;.
Indira Gandhi was assassinated on October 31 1984.
Petitioner Ajay Katara’s lawyer told the court that a 55 second video clipping of the film has been released online and it shows an actor having close resemblance to an existing political figure inciting violence.
Katara has not named the political figure in his plea.
The bench asked Katara’s lawyer whether there have been any quot;instancesquot; of violence after release of the video clipping and trailers and also whether anyone else has expressed views similar to that of the petitioner.
To this the lawyer said no.
After hearing arguments of both sides the bench said it will pass orders and reserved its verdict.
During the brief hearing CBFC’s lawyer told the bench that the film starring Soha Ali Khan and Vir Das in the lead had come to it for certification in July last year and the Board had asked the producers to delete several scenes.
The Board said that the movie which is scheduled to be released onnbsp;October 21 has been certified for public viewing after the deletions as ordered by CBFC were made.
Katara had filed the PIL afresh after the high court on October 5 had refused to entertain it saying the plea was quot;badly draftedquot; and the CBFC was neither approached before nor made a party.
The petitioner had then filed the petition again after making CBFC a party.
The plea has claimed that the movie contains various scenes quot;aimed and targeted against a political figure of the countryquot;.
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 quot;painted in a bad lightquot;.