The Bombay High Court Thursday refused to stay the release of Dark Chocolate, a film reportedly inspired by the Sheena Bora murder case, saying it had faith in the Central Bureau of Film Certification (CBFC).
Peter Mukerjea, who is an accused in the case, and his sister Shangom Das Gupta had moved the HC seeking a stay on the film’s release on the ground that it would compromise Peter’s opportunity at a fair trial.
Justice S C Dharmadhikari and Justice G S Kulkarni did not allow the petitioners to review the film too, saying it is the CBFC’s prerogative. They disposed of the petition saying the petitioners could always move court if they felt prejudiced after the film’s certification.
Kolkata-based director Agnidev Chatterjee had earlier denied that his film was meant to commercially exploit a sensitive and serious crime. Chatterjee, through his lawyer Monesh Prem, said that all the information used by the filmmakers is available freely in public domain. All the makers, he asserted, have done is to draw social inspiration from the material and put it into a fictionalised context of a Bengali film. They also denied that the film portrays Mukerjea in bad light.