THE MAKERS of Dark Chocolate, a film inspired by the Sheena Bora murder case, have told the Bombay High Court that they drew inspiration from what was available of the case in public domain and put it in a fictionalised context.
Peter Mukherjea, who is an accused in the case, and his sister Shangom Das Gupta had moved the Bombay High Court seeking a stay on the film’s release on the grounds that it would stall Peter’s opportunity at a fair trial.
“The respondents deny that they are blatantly trying to commercially exploit a sensitive and serious crime, in respect of which investigation is on. The CBI has filed its supplementary chargesheet running into over 500 pages and mentions Peter Mukherjea as a conspirator in the Sheena Bora murder case,” states the affidavit of the film’s Kolkata-based director Agnidev Chatterjee. It denies that the film portrays Peter in a bad light.
The affidavit also says that the petitioners had expressed a “shameful” and “regretful” doubt upon the judiciary by fearing that the film would have an effect in the “administration of justice”. “As if to say that the judiciary is so porous that a mere film could sway them and that too with the CBI in chorus,” it says.
The film is not yet complete, it adds, therefore negating a contention raised by the petitioner of a preview. A bench of Justice S C Dharmadhikari and Justice Gautam S Patel posted the matter for hearing a week later.