SC refuses to hear plea challenging CBFC certification in 'Hamare Baarah'

06-22-2024 02:24:49

NEW DELHI – The Supreme Court on Friday refused to entertain a petition seeking withdrawal of the CBFC certification granted to Annu Kapoor's debut film “Hamare Baarah” directed by Kamal Chandra.

A vacation court headed by Justice Vikram Nath said it did not wish to hear the merits of a plea filed directly in the top court challenging the grant of certificate to the film by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).

“You are challenging the Bombay High Court order. The film was screened and the Bombay judges saw it. They ordered the removal of several scenes, shots and dialogue. If you seek permission and file an appeal, it would be appropriate for this court to consider the matter,” the bench, also comprising Justice SVN Bhatti, told the petitioner's counsel.

Sensing the Supreme Court's reluctance to consider the petition, the applicant's attorney asked for permission to withdraw his written petition. The plea was rejected as it was freely withdrawn to file a special leave petition against the Bombay HC order allowing the release of the film on June 21.

In an order issued on Wednesday, the Bombay High Court allowed the release of the controversial film after making certain changes to the content deemed objectionable. The petition filed under Article 32 of the Constitution claims that the film shows that Muslim women have no independent rights and that the Muslim community is responsible for population growth in India.

“The film's directors and producers target specific communities and depict the status of Muslim women as slaves and property exploited by men. “Verse 223 of Surah Baqarah, Chapter 2 of the Holy Quran, has been misinterpreted and falsely projected as enjoining Muslim men to treat Muslim women as his property and allowing him to exploit her in any way,” said the defense filed by lawyer Syed Mehdi . Priest.

Directed by Kamal Chandra, 'Hamare Baarah' also features Ashwini Kalsekar, Rahul Bagga, Manoj Joshi, Aditi Bhatpahri, Paritosh Tiwari, Parth Samthaan and Shaan Saxena in key roles. After watching the trailer, a section of Muslim intellectuals raised objections against the film, saying that it misinterprets Islam and intends to slander the Muslim religion and community through its attire. -IAN

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