A biopic on Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) leader Hardik Patel is ready and will be submitted to the Censor Board for clearance soon.
The film, Power of Patidar, has been written and produced by Deepak Soni and directed by Mahesh Patel of Surat.
This comes even as a Gujarati movie, Salagto Sawaal Anamat, based on the ongoing Patel quota agitation in the state, has been denied clearance by the Central Board of Film Certification on the ground that if released in its present form, it may incite law and order problems.
The CBFC has also found issues with the film’s dialogues which, it has said, are against B R Ambedkar, the architect of Indian Constitution.
The film was scheduled for release on June 17.
On Wednesday, the producer of Power of Patidar sent a letter to Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel, MoS for Home Rajnikant Patel and the Leader of Opposition Shankersinh Vaghela, inviting them to watch the film.
The letter says, “It is the wish of the whole unit of Power of Patidar to show you the film before it goes to the Censor Board. There is nothing in the film which can disrupt peace and security of the society… we have tried to send a good message to the society.”
Soni said, “There is no controversy shown in the movie which has been shot in Surat, Mehsana, Amreli and other different places across the state, including the house of Hardik. The movie, made under K B Film Productions, is based on the real life of Hardik. In the next couple of days, we will submit an application to Surat district court, to seek permission to show the movie to Hardik in Surat Central Jail at Lajpore.”
Sanjay Dev plays the role of Hardik while Jayshree T plays Chief minister Anandiben Patel. While Raza Murad plays Vaghela, Ali Khan plays the role of former Gujarat DGP P C Thakur.
Mahesh Patel, the director, said, “We saw a central powerful character of Hardik during the Patidar agitation. The movie consists of the quota issue and the stand taken by the state government, Patidars and police. The movie is not in favour of or against anybody. We hope that we’d get clearance from the Censor Board.”