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<i>Parzania</i> screening postponed

Wednesday, February 07, 2007
UNI: Multiplex Owners' Association yesterday refused to screen controversial film Parzania in the state as it felt that a film made on Gujarat riots may disrupt peace in the state of Gujarat.

''A meeting between the multiplex owners and producers in Ahmedabad today decided to postpone the screening in the state at present,'' association president Manubhai Patel told us.

''Considering the peaceful situation in the state, we have decided not to screen this film at present,'' said Patel.

However, film director Rahul Dholakia, who initiated the talk between the association and others said, ''The exhibitors decision is very disheartening.'' Mr Dholakia said he was prepared to have a private screening of the film with exhibitors and other like-minded people before its release across the state. However, the exhibitors did not buy this theory, since the film is based on 2002 Gujarat carnage.

The film Parzania, which had released across the country on January 26 was withheld from its screening in Gujarat in view of protest by multiplex owners.

Earlier, the Bajrang Dal and Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha had threatened to disrupt the screening of the film, if it hurts Hindu sentiments and asked the producers to organise the pre-screening of the film.

However, the producer was prepared for its pre-screening to only exhibitors and select people.

Parzania portrays the devastating story of a family caught in the vortex of violence unleashed on innocent people of Gujarat in 2002 and stars Naseeruddin Shah and Sarika in lead roles.

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