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Filmmakers have no option, but to commit suicide: Muzaffarnagar director Harish Kumar

Kumar's film, Muzaffarnagar: The Burning Love, based on 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots, is allegedly not being allowed to be released in the city.


Muzaffarnagar: The Burning Love director Harish Kumar says his film is facing problems over its release in Muzaffarnagar district, Uttar Pradesh. He feels that if such cases go on, then filmmakers will also start committing suicide like farmers.

Muzaffarnagar: The Burning Love, which is based on the 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots, is slated to be released on 17 November.

"A farmer without rains and government support is forced to commit suicide. Exactly the same thing is happening in the film industry with filmmakers. No one had any issues during the filming or censor clearance or during the promotion," Kumar told IANS.

"But when it is time for the film to be released, anti-social elements come forward to suppress creative media. There is no other option for filmmakers but to commit suicide. I feel like doing the same," Kumar added.

Further giving example of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmavati, Kumar said that filmmakers are "soft targets and they have always been so".

He said: "Filmmakers are the only ones who are courageous enough to show real adverse effects of communal riots... It is art but no one wants to see it that way. Censor board saw the film and if there was anything wrong they would have stopped the release, but who are these people who are trying to stop the film? If that is the case, why do we even have the censor board? Is it for namesake?"

Talking about problems with the release in Muzzaffarnagar, Kumar said: "There are rumours people are trying to ban the film. If it is released there, then there will be problems. Earlier we sent poster and standees, but theatre owners are hesitant, though no one has openly admitted to having issues. But, I am told they are being forced not to show my film."