Sunny Deol allegedly faces FIR against him by Varanasi Police for reportedly hurting religious sentiments in ‘Mohalla Assi’ movie directed by Chandra Prakash Dwivedi.
The complaint has been lodged on Sunday at Bhelpur Police Station by an organisation, Sarvajan Jagruti Sanstha, whose members have alleged that not only does the film violate moral ethics, but it also shows Varanasi in poor light.
“The film hurts religious sentiments and we cannot allow such a film to be released,” Hindustan Times quoted a complainant.
According to Hindustan Times, Based on a novel by noted Hindi writer Kashi Nath Singh, Mohalla Assi focuses on the life of a middle class family that earns its bread and butter by organising religious rituals.
Played by Sunny Deol, the film’s lead character is a guy who likes to use cuss words in his daily conversations. Sakshi Tanwar plays his innocent wife who doesn’t understand why foreigners are so much interested in Varanasi.
Earlier, the film’s director had alleged that the film’s trailer — on the basis of which this FIR was lodged — was leaked and called it a conspiracy to malign the film, the actors and also author Kashi Nath Singh on whose novel (Kashi Ka Assi) the film is based.
When you check the official trailer of the movie on youtube, the message pops up saying: “This website/URL has been blocked as per instructions from Department of Telecommunications and/or Courts of India.”
“There are a few things I want to clarify — this is not the official trailer, it’s a leaked version for which we have lodged an FIR in Oshiwara (Mumbai Police) and Cyber Cell. It’s a conspiracy to malign us and the film. The version has been made in such a way that it shows as if the film is all about abuses and, maligns the image of the holy city. That is not true. This is not what our film is all about,” Dwivedi clarified.
Along with Sunny Deol, the movie also stars Sakshi Tanwar and Ravi Kishen.