‘Miss Tanakpur…’ won’t hurt society’s sentiments: Director

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Noida, June 23 (IANS) Vinod Kapri’s film “Miss Tanakpur Haazir Ho” got embroiled in a Khap controversy for narrating a story of a man who is falsely accused by a village strongman of raping a buffalo. The journalist-turned-director says the controversy was “totally uncalled for”.

In the film, which stars Om Puri, Sanjay Mishra, Annu Kapoor, Ravi Kishan, Rahul Bagga and Hrishita Bhatt, the powerful man of the village also gets the Khap panchayat to pass a verdict that he has to marry the victim.

“That (controversy) is totally uncalled for. I don’t think there is anything in the film which can be problematic for the society. If the film had something wrong, then the censor board would have raised an objection and not cleared the film only,” Kapri said candidly during his visit to IANS office here with the cast to promote the film.

With a special “request” for all those raising objection over the film, Kapri went on to laud the Central Board of Film Certification.

“Government has formed a very credible institution with people who don’t approve content which can hurt sentiments. I would only request them to watch this film and I’m sure they would love it,” he added.

Kapri had asked for police protection after receiving death threats from a Khap panchayat in Uttar Pradesh. A Khap panchayat in the state is said to have announced that they will give 51 buffaloes to anyone who beheads the director.

Meanwhile, Annu also emphasised on the need to watch the film before raising objections over its content.

“Miss Tanakpur Haazir Ho” is set to release on Friday.

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