Movie on Shyama Prasad Mookherjee didn’t get a single screen in Mamata’s Bengal

The Jan Sangh founder Dr Shyama Prasad Mookherjee is considered one of the biggest reasons behind India having a state named West Bengal under the Union. It was due to Shyama Prasad Mookherjee’s efforts, the Western Bengal remained a part of India as the Britishers originally wanted the entire region to go with East Pakistan. However unfortunately now a biopic on Dr Mookherjee couldn’t find a single screen in his own West Bengal, allegedly because of the unofficial censorship of TMC government.

Makers of the movie have alleged that the Kolkata police threatened cinema hall owners and warned them from screening the film. The director Milan Bhowmick alleged that all the hall owners who were scheduled to screen the movie were unofficially threatened by the police.

“the owners of all the theatres that were scheduled to screen this film, have been unofficially threatened… I have the audio recording of my conversation with a booker and an exhibitor where they have told me that they got calls from the police asking them not to screen the film,” alleged Milan Bhowmick.

The movie which is titled ‘Danga- The riot’ is based on the events of Great Calcutta killings and Shyama Prasad Mookherjee’s efforts in those times to ensure the safety of Hindus. Former FTTI director Gajendra Chauhan who is remembered for his role of Yudhishthira in BR Chopra’s magnums opus ‘Mahabharata’ has essayed the lead character of Shayama Prasad Mookherjee in the movie.

The movie was slated to release on 27th April across India in Bengali and Hindi. Not getting a release in West Bengal is being considered a big set back for the makers. Here it must also be recalled that this is the same West Bengal where Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had invited Sanjay Leela Bhansali to release his movie Padmaavat, when it was facing protests in Northern India from various Rajput groups.

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