Almost after two years of battle, Sunny Deol and Sakshi Tanwar’s film ‘Mohalla Assi’ has finally gets ‘A’ certificate with one cut.
The film, embroiled in a legal battle with the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) over its content, submitted an application for certification in March 2016, a statement issued said.
The Revising Committee of the board, however, had refused to issue a certificate for an exhibition of the film stating that the form and content of the film were highly derogatory of humans, culture, and religion, including but not limited to mythology.
But now, the film has been passed and the producer is hopeful to release it before the festival of colours Holi. “We were very disturbed and had a lot of tension, but now I am very excited that it will release,” said producer Vinay Tiwari.
“After a prolonged legal battle, we have received a judgement favouring our argument and CBFC has now issued an A certificate for the movie. We will try and release it before Holi,” Tiwari added.
“There’s one scene featuring Sunny, in which he uses some wrong language. They wanted that to be removed, that’s all. The film gives a message about how foreigners have spoilt the environment in Varanasi… It’s a good message.
“We have used the common language used there… It’s not a film laced with abuses. It only has local flavour.”
Earlier, following protests, the makers had removed a scene in which a man dressed as Lord Shiva is seen using abusive language.
Based on the book Kashi Ka Assi by Kashi Nath Singh, it is directed by Chandra Prakash Dwivedi.
Several FIRs were filed against Sunny Deol, who plays a Sanskrit teacher in the film, and the director. In 2015, the Bajrang Dal had also demanded a ban on the film.