BENGALURU: The controversial documentary MuzaffarnagarBaaqi Hai, which was said to be against Hindutva and BJP, was screened at seven different venues in Bengaluru on Tuesday.
The screening of the documentary was a part of an all-India protest and solidarity meet organised by a Kolkata-based organisation, Cinema of Resistance. A few organisations from Bengaluru like Khula Munch, People’s Union for Civil Liberties, Pedestrian Pictures, Karnataka KomuSoudhardhaVedike, Alternative Law Forum, Journalist’s Study Centre, and Law and Society Committee of National Law School were also part of the screening.
“This is a thought provoking and spine chilling documentary which critiques the worst condition that our nation is going through. Religious fundamentalism in India is killing the concept of secularism,” said Murali, film maker, who visited the screening at the Cobalt Bengaluru.
The screening also coincided with the death anniversary of ShubradeepChakraborthy, an activist film maker.
The documentary received nationwide attention because the students from two of the country’s prestigious educational institutions disrupted its screening in the capital recently. The students from AkhilaBharathiyaVidhyarthiParishat (ABVP) protested against the screening as they believed the film had communal elements. The Samajawadi Party and BharatiyaJanatha Party also claimed that the film blamed them indirectly.
The documentary directed by Nakul Singh Sawhney is about the riots that tore apart the Western Uttar Pradesh in August and September 2013. More than 60 people were killed and hundreds were injured in the riots.
The film also straddles socio-political and economic conditions that were affected by the riots. It resulted in a number of deaths and displacement of large number of people from the state.
The film was first denied clearance certificate because the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) felt it promoted communal violence. The documentary also shows the present conditions of the state.