Struggling for its release since almost 2 years, Soha Ali Khan starrer film, 31st October, is yet again facing hurdles on the way to its release. The film, based on a true story, focuses on the aftermath of Indira Gandhi’s assassination which occurred on 31 October 1984, is now stuck in the High Court right before three days of its release, which was scheduled for October 7. 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 the secular fabric of India 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.