Protest outside film producer’s Andheri office over pregnant woman’s marriage scene
Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) supporters on Monday protested outside film producer T.P. Aggarwal’s office in Andheri claiming that his upcoming release ‘Laali Ki Shaadi Mein Laaddoo Deewana’ includes a scene which can hurt the Hindu community’s sentiments.
Around 70-80 protesters gathered outside Aggarwal’s office in the morning, holding placards and shouting slogans.
The protestors alleged that the movie depicts a scene wherein a pregnant women is seen getting married to another man and demanded that the scene be deleted from the final cut as it could hurt Hindu sentiments.
However, Aggarwal stood firm against the protest and said he won’t make any edits in the film as it has been passed by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).
“This morning around 70-80 people of VHP came and protested outside my office. They said how can you show a pregnant woman getting married in the film.
“They created a lot of noise outside my office. Later, the police intervened, and the police has assured me that it won’t happen again,” Aggarwal told IANS.
Defending the scene, the film producer, who is also President of the Indian Motion Picture Producers Association, said: “It’s not a crime. That’s why I asked them to show me where it is written that a pregnant woman can’t marry.”
In response, they asked the filmmaker – “Will you allow such a girl to marry if she was your daughter?”
Aggarwal, however, refused to budge, adding, “I have received a U/A certificate from CBFC for my film without any cuts. Why should I make changes?”
Directed by Manish Harishankar, the film, slated to release on Friday, features Naseeruddin Shah’s son Vivaan and Kamal Haasan’s daughter Akshara. Actors Gurmeet Choudhary and Saurabh Shukla are also part of the film.
“It’s a family entertainer without any double-meaning jokes or abusive language. It’s completely wrong how a few people start opposing a few days before the release of a film and ask for special screening,” Aggarwal said.
Last month, the set of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film ‘Padmavati’ was also burnt down by an outfit that took objection to an alleged love scene between Queen Padmini and Alauddin Khilji, despite assurances from the production team that such scene was not in the film.
With IANS inputs