'Hamare Baarah' controversy - movie release allowed after modifications

Bombay HC allowed the controversial film to be released on June 21 after modifying the objectionable content.

Jun 20, 2024 - 17:32
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'Hamare Baarah' controversy - movie release allowed after modifications

The Bombay High Court gave permission for the controversial film Hamare Baarah to be screened on June 21, with some changes made to objectionable content

The ruling was issued by a group of two judges, Justice BP Colabawalla and Justice Firdosh Pooniwalla, in response to a legal request to prohibit the movie for its disrespectful portrayal of Islam and Muslims.

The court ordered that changes proposed by all parties involved be applied to the film to make modifications before its release.

The filmamkers have agreed to remove a conversation and a verse from the Quran, insert two 12-second disclaimers in the movie, and give Rs 5 lakh to a charity selected by the person who filed the petition. In exchange, the petitioner agreed not to oppose the movie's release.

The CBFC has also agreed to give the film a new certification based on the changes agreed upon in court, allowing it to release on Friday (June 21).

The court dismissed the writ petition submitted by social worker Azhar B Tamboli, who argued that the movie misrepresented the Quran, portrayed the Muslim community in a negative light, and alleged that the CBFC had violated the Cinematograph Act, 1952.

The release of the film was postponed by the Bombay High Court while the filmmakers moved to the Supreme Court, which postponed the release until the high court made its decision.

Hamare Baarah is directed by Kamal Chandra. The star cast comprises Ashwini Kalsekar, Rahul Bagga, Annu Kapoor, Manoj Joshi, Aditi Bhatpahri, Paritosh Tiwari, Parth Samthaan, Shaan Saxena and others.

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