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Release of Chapekar Brothers postponed due to Censor Board’s diktat

News Helpline | August, 31 2016

Producers of upcoming Hindi film Chapekar Brothers received a rude shock when Censor Board refused to certify their movie. The Censor Board has raised issues during the screening of the film over a scene in which one of the Chapekar Brothers had killed a Christian Missionary forcing Hindus to convert into Christianity during the British Raj. The filmmakers objected to this diktat by showing references of a Marathi film ’22 June 1897’ released in the year 1979 depicting the same scene.

Apart from this, the filmmakers also showed some historic articles stating this incident as a fact. However, the Censor Board has refused to co-operate and has firmly directed to delete these scenes.

Chapekar Brothers was scheduled to release on 2nd September 2016 and now due to the Censor Board issues, the film release has been postponed to 16th September 2016.

Producer Ghanshyam Patel who’s extremely disappointed said, “I am very upset with the turn of events. We had made a patriotic film with lots of passion.”

Writer Dhiraj Mishra added, “We have done thorough research on this subject and are confident about the mentioned incident.”

The film features Abhijit Bhagat, Sanjeet Dhuri and Manoj Bhatt as the Chapekar brothers, Indian revolutionaries involved in the 1896 assassination of the British Plague Commissioner of Pune, W C Rand. Veteran actor Govind Namdev is playing the role of freedom fighter Bal Gangadhar Tilak in the film. The film is directed by Devendar Kumar Pandey and produced by Ghanshyam Patel. The screenplay and dialogue is written by Dhiraj Mishra. 

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