Bhavan on Friday July 27, and at Prithvi on July 30th were stopped by the
Mumbai police based on a report/complaint that the film had inflammatory
material and could cause a law and order problem. This despite the fact that
the film has been screened in New Delhi, bangalore, Pune, and elsewhere
without any protest, complaint, or law and order situation.
At Bhupesh Gupta Bhavan some 50 odd people watched the drama unfold as a
large contingent of senior police officers and intelligence men arrived with
a search and seize warrant and seized the dvd copy of the film.
The Bhupesh Gupta management stood firmly on our side and stopped the police
from entering the hall without a proper warrant, since this was a private
space and a private screening. It was only after this, and our insistence
that they give us an order in writing that the police made the effort to get
a proper warrant.
Vikalp has drafted the following statement of protest:
We strongly condemn the unwarranted action of the Mumbai police in stopping
a private screening of the film 'Jashn-e-Azadi' in Mumbai on Friday, July
This clearly violates the established principles of freedom of expression in
a democratic state. The film has already been screened in various other
cities like Delhi, Bangalore, Pune and even Srinagar. Nowhere else has any
authority objected to it, and neither has it caused any "law and order"
problems as the Mumbai police claim to fear.
We demand an inquiry in to this matter and an explanation for the
high-handedness of the police. We further urge the authorities to return the
confiscated DVDs of the film, and to refrain from any further
unconstitutional action against the screening of the film elsewhere in the
Needless to say, our screenings will continue evey month as usual.
Thanks for your support !
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