In a shocking series of development, the khap panchayat in Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh threatened cinema hall owners that whoever plays MISS TANAKPUR HAAZIR HO, will run the risk of their properties being damaged. This serious threat has made the exhibitors extremely scared and they have decided to not screen National Award Winning Vinod Kapri’s directorial that is a social satire on the state of judiciary in India. The entertainment tax officer has also advised the theatre owners to show precaution and not plan for the film in the city of Muzaffarnagar.
Talking about the controversy, Vinod Kapri says, “This is completely disgusting and makes me feel that we are living in a banana republic. How can anyone threaten to damage cinemas wanting to play my film that’s a social satire? This is a misuse of power vested in the khap. I only plead them to act responsibly and not cause damage to my film that I have made with passion and a lot of objectivity on the subject that I’m dealing with in the film.”
MISS TANAKPUR HAZIR HO unearths some hard hitting facts which Kapri had witnessed during his days of television Journalism. In this film, he narrates the story of a man who is falsely accused by a village strongman that he has raped a buffalo. The powerful man of the village also gets the Khap panchayat to pass a verdict that he has to marry the victim, the buffalo called Miss Tanakpur. MISS TANAKPUR HAAZIR HO stars Annu Kapoor, Ravi Kishan, Om Puri, Rahul Bagga and Hrishita Bhatt and is set to release on June 26.