The CBFC has blurred a scene depicting the RSS in a derogatory manner in Mumbai Saga. However, a legal battle continues to make the producers of the film apologise for the scene.
In a stern action the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has blurred a scene depicting Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) in a derogatory manner in Mumbai Saga. The film, produced by Sangita Ahir, wife of Shiv Sena leader Sachin Ahir, was streamed on Amazon Prime Video in May.
The CBFC has taken the action after an RSS worker Mahesh Bhingarde took a strong objection to the “mischievous” and “misleading” scene. He had served a legal notice to the film’s producers and directors with a demand to seek unconditional apology. The producers of the film, Super Cassette Industries Private Limited and White Feather Private Limited, had admitted their mistake in filming the scene. They too had requested the CBFC to blur the scene as it sent a wrong message.
The movie, loosely based on the life of gangster Ashwin Naik, also portrays Shiv Sena founder the late Balasaheb Thackeray in a bad light. In the controversial scene, a corrupt police officer is shown hand in glove with the criminals. He tells a fellow officer that he was a member of Bhauchi Sena (a depiction of Shiv Sena), where he learned all the bad things.
The character of the officer says he is a regular at a shakha, a unit of Bhauchi Sena. However, when he shows his pictures at shakha, the viewers get to see RSS workers in uniform, carrying their danda and standing in a position to recite the Sangh prayer. Clearly, the director of the film had either deliberately or mistakenly shown an RSS shakha as a Shiv Sena shakha.
BATTLE NOT OVER
Prakash Salsingikar, lawyer for Bhingarde, has made it clear that blurring the scene is not enough. “We have demanded that the concerned scene and dialogues must be deleted from the film. The producers are yet to seek an apology. We will continue the legal battle till both of these demands are met,” he stated.
News source: INDIA TODAY