Mumbai: ‘The Ghazi Attack’, allegedly based on the sinking of an Indian submarine during the 1971 Indo-Pak war under mysterious circumstances, has been instructed by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) to remove it’s opening titles claiming that the film is based on historical facts and add a disclaimer that it is ‘partly fictional and partly authentic’.
A source from CBFC, who is close to the development, informed a daily, “There is no comprehensive evidence that the incident detailed in The Ghazi Attack has any actual historic bearing. Yes, the incident is reported to have happened during the 1971 Indo-Pak war. But we can’t accept the film as a historical document. We’ve therefore asked them to remove the announcement in the opening titles declaring the film to be based on historical facts and instead, add a disclaimer saying the work is partly fictional and partly authentic.”
Recently, Sanjay Leela Bhansali (SLB) was manhandled and beaten up by Karni Sena activists in Jaipur for allegedly ‘distorting historical facts and projecting Rani Padmavati in poor light’ while shooting with his secondary unit for the upcoming period drama ‘Padmavati’. It is perhaps this incident that has prompted the Censor Board to take this step.
Taking about the ongoing SLB controversy, the source added, “If at the start of the film, Bhansali states that it’s a work of fiction, the allegations of historical inaccuracy would be nullified.”