Movie theater Rajkumar Santoshi wrote a letter to Bombay CP Special Deven Bharti seeking tight security for himself and his family before his next film Gandhi Godse: Ek Yudh’s release. His appeal came after some protesters showed up at an event to promote the film. The film is set to release on January 26 (Republic Day), ahead of Mahatma Gandhi’s 75th death anniversary on January 30. Read also: Rajkumar Santoshi Says Gandhi Godse Ek Yudh ‘Likes Both Gandhi and Godse’
News agency ANI tweeted a photocopy of the director’s letter. An excerpt from his letter read, “My team (directors, producers & cast) for the film Gandhi vs Godse, was in the middle of the press conference where a group of vested interests interrupted.”
“Later, several threats were received from some unknown people asking me to stop the release and promotion of this film. I feel unsafe and further report that serious damage and injury could be caused to me and my family members if these people are let loose and if action is not taken from your good self and further losses will be caused not only to us but also to public free,” his letter also added.
Gandhi Godse: Ek Yudh is set in early post-independence India of 1947-48, based on an alternate version of Indian history where Mahatma Gandhi survives an assassination attempt by Nathuram Godse. After recovering, he later goes to meet Godse in prison where an exemption discussion takes place between them. Actor Chinmay Mandlekar plays Nathuram Godse while Deepak Antani plays the role of Mahatma Gandhi.
Earlier members of the Congress party were seen protesting the film in Madhya Pradesh. Apart from this, Tushar Gandhi earlier told ANI, “I am not surprised because for them Godse is a hero, and if they portray him as a hero, it should not surprise any of us. But I can’t comment on the merits or demerits of the film because I haven’t seen it and I don’t intend to see films that glorify killers.”
“It’s a very well thought out game design and all these characters have been given a role to play and they played the role according to their queues and their time limits. The same director portrayed Baapu in a very wrong way in Bhagat Singh’s film, so it is no wonder that he would make a film glorifying Godse,” he added.
Gandhi Godse will clash with Shah Rukh Khan’s Pathaan at the box office, which releases on January 25.
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