A PIL (PUBLIC INTEREST LITIGATION) has been appealed in Delhi High Court against the release of a Bollywood movie 31st October based on the aftereffect of the assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. The historical event was part of India’s political turmoil including the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. The petition has contended the going by the trailers, posters and banners of the film 31st October as it is said to be against the ideology of the “oldest political party of the country”. Indira Gandhi was assassinated on October 31, 1984.
Ajay Katara the petitioner has claimed that the movie’s producer Magical Dreams Production Pvt Ltd has gone drastic by using a look alike of the unnamed political figure who has been “painted in a bad light”. The petitioner has not only accused the movie to stop its release which was scheduled to hit theatres on October 7, he also argued to delete some of the “offensive scenes”.
31st October is a hard hitting drama that deals with the lives of a Sikh family who struggle to survive in between the Sikh-blood thirsty mad people who reacted drastically after the killing of the Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in 1984, blaming the Sikh community responsible for it. There are various scenes in the movie that is too graphic to digest.
Starring Soha Ali Khan and Vir Das in the lead the movie 31st October was set to release on 7th October. But the current issue may cause tension for the makers to think whether they can relese it or not in the selected date.