MUMBAI, FEB 6 (MAMOSA Report) — The Jamiat Ulama-E-Hind (Maharashtra Unit) has taken strong objection to the depiction of ‘madrassas’ as schools of terror in the latest Bollywood movie ‘Ya Rab’.
The national organization representing the Muslim Community of India, has also questioned the portrayal of madrassa teachers allegedly brainwashing their students to prepare them for ‘jihadi’ activities.
“These and other issues form part of a public interest petition I have filed before the Bombay High Court Wednesday against the movie. It will come up for hearing Thursday, before the scheduled release this Friday,” said the organization’s spokesperson Gulzar Azmi.
The film’s producer seemed unfazed. He told IANS: “It’s a nice film and will not hurt anybody’s sentiments or any community. The censor board is a responsible body and has seen the film and given a couple of cuts.”
Azmi said Muslims are upset by this “blatant, fictitious and wrongful depiction of madrassas and the teachers” who teach Muslim students there.
“In fact, a madrassa not only imparts quality education but also gives shelter to orphans. They are not centers of any such anti-national activity. There are no incidents anywhere in the state where any terror act or anti-national activities are associated with a madrassa,” Azmi said.
A panel of JUH lawyers has filed petition seeking deletion of certain objectionable scenes and dialogues in the movie before allowing its public release.
“The exhibition of such gross untruths on the big screen can create general disturbances and also lead to communal disharmony,” said one of the lawyers to the media.
One panel lawyer said the Indian censor board has already rejected the film by not issuing it a certificate for exhibition. Later, the film-makers went to the review board where it was rejected.
“It was only after they appealed to the Film Certificate Appellate Tribunal that they finally secured permission to release the movie with a U/A certificate. But we shall oppose the release in the present form.”
The film’s producer Mahesh Bhatt — a veteran film personality– seemed unfazed. He told IANS: “It’s a nice film and will not hurt anybody’s sentiments or any community. The censor board is a responsible body and has seen the film and given a couple of cuts.”
Directed by Hasnain Hyderabadwala, ‘Ya Rab’ is being promoted and released through the Mahesh Bhatt’s company, Vishesh Films.
It features actors Ajaz Khan, Manzar Sehbai, Akhilendra Mishra.