Upcoming political drama Shorgul has landed in major political trouble and this time it is the film’s lead Jimmy himself who has been directly embroiled in it. The controversy started after a PIL was filed a few days ago against the makers of the film for allegedly “spreading communal disharmony and maligning political public figures.”
Just days after the PIL, the film came under fire again after a fatwa was issued by the Khamman Peer Baba Committee against the film’s makers for “portraying the Muslim community in poor taste” and on its lead actor Jimmy Shergill for “hurting Muslim sentiments” in spite of being a seasoned actor.
A source close to the film reveals, “The district magistrate has declined to screen Shorgul in all theatres across Muzzafarnagar, Kandhla, Meerut and Bhavani as the film touches upon very sensitive issues and will lead to communal riots. Even the theatres have stepped back in putting the film in cinemas. Initially, the film got 650 screens but now they have dropped to 250. The film, which was supposed to release on June 24th has been pushed to July 1st.”
When contacted, the film’s producer Swatantra Vijay Singh said, “Yes, we have received the PIL and the Fatwa, but as we have stated earlier, our film is a cinematic recreation of various tragic incidents that have transpired in the past. Our film will decode the equation between humanity and intolerance in the most non-controversial manner. We believe that no one can ban Shorgul if the population supports the film.”