Soha Ali Khan and Vir Das starrer 31st October, which was earlier scheduled to hit the screens on October 7, has now been pushed to release on October 21 after a PIL was filed against the thriller. The roadblock for the film’s release has been created by a Delhi-based close aide of the Congress party who wants a ban on the movie, said the makers. “It’s been a tough journey ever since I started working on this subject but I didn’t give up then and will not give up now. From the censor to now getting threats, I am strong that I will make this film come to the big screen and people who don’t want this subject to come out, cannot stop the world to know the reality of 1984,” Harry Sachdeva, writer-producer of 31st October, said in a statement.
On October 4, a petition was filed in the Delhi High Court to stop the release of this film. The PIL said that the movie 31st October, starring Soha Ali Khan and Vir Das, is an attack on secular fabric of India and and is contrary to the ideology of the country’s oldest political party. “From whatever little is shown on trailers, it is clear that action and words used by the characters are of offending nature, they have all ingredients to tarnish the reputation of such persons. Apart from the fact that same can’t stand the test of fair comment or that of social interest, they appear to be provocative,” said the plea. The plea filed by Ajay Katara also has demanded the director to delete some offensive scenes before the release, saying there were various scenes in the movie which are aimed and targeted against a political figure of the country.
The petitioner has however not named any leader in the petition. The movie’s producer Magical Dreams Production Pvt Ltd has used a look-alike of the unnamed political figure who has been painted in a bad light, the plea said. It added that movie has transgressed the right of expression, in as much as a particular person has been targeted so as to invite contempt and hatred against him. Soha and Vir essay a Sikh couple in the film, co-produced by Magical Dreams Productions Pvt Ltd, Panorama Studios, Anand Prakash and Harry Sachdeva. It is directed by Shivaji Lotan Patil.