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Restraint on release of ‘Mohalla Assi’ extended till Aug 25


New Delhi: A Delhi court today extended till August 25 the stay on the release of Bollywood film “Mohalla Assi”, starring Sunny Deol, on a plea alleging that it has offensive scenes and dialogues. Civil judge Kishor Kumar extended the restraint on the release of the film and sought response of Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) on the plea that content of the film, including its trailer, should not be available even online.

“We urged the court that ban is one thing but the movie content, its trailer, should not be available over Internet too,” said advocate Sachin Mishra, appearing for plaintiff Gulshan Kumar. On June 30, the film’s release was halted throughout the country by the court here which had said it hurt religious sentiments and should not be released till allegedly offending scenes and dialogues are removed.

The court had restrained the movie’s director, producer and censor board from releasing the film, which was scheduled to hit the theatres on July 3, till further orders. The film also stars Ravi Kishen and Sakshi Tanwar. Noting that the trailer showed the movie to be based on the surroundings of the Assi Ghat in Varanasi on the banks of river Ganga, the court had said “in the entire trailer clip, characters have been shown using very filthy language.

“In one scene, a character dressed as Lord Shiva is shown using filthy language. Use of such language by Lord Shiva makeover is really hurting. It may (hurt) religious sentiments of the people in case the movie is released and seen by public at large,” the judge had said, while passing an ex-parte ad-interim injunction order against CBFC, the producer and director of the film.

The court had directed Kumar to get the order served to the defendants who were summoned for today. The court had passed the order on Kumar’s complaint seeking to restrain the director and producer from releasing the film and advertising it until the alleged objectionable scenes were removed from it.