31st October held up in lawsuit, will now be released on 21 October

A Chandigarh court has granted a stay on the film's release after a PIL was filed against it.

Mayur Lookhar

A film that has as its backdrop the assassination of prime minister Indira Gandhi and the anti-Sikh riots that followed in 1984 was bound to face some hurdles. A man in Chandigarh has filed a public-interest petition in a local court seeking a stay on the release of 31st October, which was earlier slated to be released on 7 October.

The film is based on the struggles of a Sikh family during the riots following the assassination of Indira Gandhi by her two Sikh bodyguards.

Acting on the petition, the court passed a stay order on the film's release and will review the film on Wednesday before passing its judgment.

Confirming the development, director Shivaji Lotan Patil said, “Yes, this evening we received a stay order on the release of our film. Our producers have now decided to shift the release date to 21 October. We are confident that the court will not find anything untoward in the film that may hurt anyone. Perhaps there is a fear among some that our film may upset a political party or hurt sentiments, but I can assure you that there is no such thing. The court will review the film tomorrow, and we’re confident that we will get a clearance. The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) didn't object to anything in our film, I see no reason why the court will not give us clearance.”

31st October stars Vir Das and Soha Ali Khan in the lead roles.