Hamare Baarah: HC Finds Nothing Objectionable In The Movie

Hamare Baarah: HC Finds Nothing Objectionable In The Movie

Says will impose cost on makers for releasing trailer before receiving certification from CBFC

Urvi MahajaniUpdated: Tuesday, June 18, 2024, 08:08 PM IST
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Mumbai: The Bombay High Court has said that it watched Anu Kapoor starrer "Hamare Baarah" and found nothing objectionable in it which was against the Quran or the Muslim community that  could incite violence. The court also added that the first trailer was objectionable but it has been removed, and all objectionable scenes have been deleted from the movie.

The court, however, said that it would be imposing a cost on the makers of the movie for releasing the film’s trailer even before receiving certification from the Central Board for Film Certification (CBFC).

The movie was a "thinking movie" and not the sort where the audience is expected to “keep their brains at home” and only enjoy the movie. “The movie is in fact for the upliftment of women. The movie has a Maulana misinterpreting the Quran and in fact one Muslim man objects to the same in the scene. So this shows that people should apply their mind and not blindly follow such Maulanas,” a bench of Justices BP Colabawalla and Firdosh Pooniwalla said. 

The HC was hearing a batch of petitions seeking  a ban on the movie claiming that it was derogatory towards the Muslim community and had distorted what the Quran says. 

Initially, a vacation bench of the HC postponed the release of the movie from June 7 to June 14. It later permitted release after the makers said they would delete the objectionable dialogues from the film as directed by the CBFC. The petitioners approached the Supreme Court which stayed the movie’s  release and asked the HC to decide on the issue. 

The judges, on Tuesday, said that they had seen the movie after the removal of all objectionable portions and found nothing in it that would incite violence. They have some suggestions over a few scenes which may still be a bit objectionable.

If all the parties concerned agree to the deletion of the objectionable parts then consent terms could be submitted after which the court would pass an order on Wednesday permitting release of the movie. 

The court clarified that it would be imposing a cost on the makers. “Violation was there vis a vis the trailer. So you will have to pay something towards a charity of the petitioner's choice. This litigation has got the film so much unpaid publicity,” the bench remarked. “We don't think there is anything in the movie that would incite any violence. If we felt so we would be the first ones to object to it. The Indian public is not so gullible or that silly.” 

Agreeing with the petitioners that the trailer and the posters were troublesome, the court cautioned the filmmakers to be careful and not include dialogues and scenes under the garb of creative freedom to hurt the sentiments of any religion. “Makers should also be careful what they put out. They cannot hurt the sentiments of any religion. They (Muslim) are the second largest religion of this country,” the judges said. 

The court also took exception to the petitioners making statements against the movie without watching the same. The movie is about one dominant man and his family, HC said.

When the petitioners claimed that the movie promotes domestic violence, the judges said that domestic violence cannot be said to be limited to only one community. 

The HC will pass the order on June 19. 

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