On Saturday, Bajrang Dal Kolkata taken out a protest march against the West Bengal Government’s alleged unofficial censorship of movie Danga- the Riot. The movie is based on the efforts of Dr Shyama Prasad Mookherjee and Gopal Mukherjee alias ‘Gopal Patha’ during the great Calcutta riots to safeguard lives of innocent Hindus from Muslims league goons.
The biographical movie was slated to release earlier this week across India in Hindi and Bangla languages. But surprisingly a day before the release, all cinema halls of West Bengal suddenly taken down the movie. Many hall-owners claimed that they were warned by the state authorities to not air the movie.
The people who participated in the Bajrang Dal organized protest march, alleged that West Bengal Government is conspiring to hide the history of Great Calcutta killings by suppressing the movie. The protesters demanded that the movie should be freely screened across the state.
“It’s a double-standard attitude of the government. During Padmaavat they provided extra security and now they are not allowing the screening of this movie because it is based on the 1946 Calcutta killings. We demand that the film should be allowed in all cinema halls like it has been released in other states like Jharkhand and Bihar,” said Sourish Mukherjee, state VHP media-in-charge.
The scriptwriter of the movie, Partha Mitra also participated in the protest march and thanked Bajrang Dal for their efforts to restore the freedom of expression in West Bengal. The movie’s maker Milan Bhowmick welcomed the protests though he himself didn’t participate.
“I am a film Director and not a political person to participate in the rally but I welcome the protest. I believe art is above everything. The people who follow Syama Prasad Mookerjee must have been excited to watch the film and hence they are on road demanding release of the film” Bhowmick told the Sunday express.
The march started from the Swami Vivekananda’s ancestral house at Vivekananda Road and culminated near Vishwa Hindu Parishad’s office at Shayambazar. Nearly 250 odd people participated in the march in a humid Kolkata evening.