In the light of the On going PIL filed against the film “31st October” starring Soha Ali Khan and Vir Das over the alleged use of certain political leaders lookalikes making inflammatory statements, a video has surfaced on the Internet that shows the alleged scenes . In a video of about a minute , you can see the lookalikes of two politicians from a political party inciting the crowd to target people of a particular religion and “finish” them.
Film 31st October is based on the aftermath of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi Assassination and the 1984 Anti Sikh riots that followed which resulted in the loss of thousands of lives. The film was stuck for months in censors and had gotten a clearance to release only after multiple cuts. The PIL against the film was filed on September 28 and was rejected as the petitioner did not approach the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) before moving the court. A few days a later a video started doing rounds on social media with title ” Leaked Scenes of “31st October” Movie exposed Congress hand in 84 Sikh Riots”
Writer Producer Harry Sachdeva claims that this “leak” is a conspiracy to help the petitioner to refile the PIL and to create delay in the release of the film. He has however declined to confirm whether the scenes are a part of “31st October” film.
Incidentally , Same day on Wednesday the PIL was resubmitted to the court. However the petitioner Ajay Katara , who is also the prime witness in the famous Nitish Katara Murder case has denied any involvement in leaking the alleged video.
This year has seen a lot of films being leaked and even though censor board has claimed to have opted for more security measure, the films continue to be leaked at will. Film “31st October” which was scheduled to release on October 7th has already been pushed two weeks to October 21st . The producers havn’t announced any further change in date so far.
The makers of upcoming dramatic thriller ‘31st October’ starring Vir Das and Soha Ali Khan, which is based on a Sikh family’s struggle for survival during the 1984 anti-Sikh pogrom, have decided to donate a portion of their box-office collections for a noble cause.
It seems that a part of the collections will be donated to the Widow Colony in Tilak Vihar, Delhi, which provides shelter to thousands of families affected during the 1984 anti-Sikh pogrom in the aftermath of the assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.
The film team had visited Widow Colony while preparing for the film and had spoken to many residents there to get an idea of the situation during the 1984 riots. Needless to say, the incidents that the residents shared with the film team moved them to such an extent that they decided to do something for them.
Confirming the same, writer-producer Harry Sachdeva said, “When we visited the Widow Colony for research purposes for our film, we were so emotionally overwhelmed at the plight of the families residing there that we decided to share a part of the revenue collected from the film with them.”
Produced by writer-producer Harry Sachdeva and Magical Dreams Productions Pvt Ltd, co-produced by Anand Prakash, directed by National award winner Shivaji Lotan Patil, and released by Panorama Studios, ‘31st October’, which is slated to release on October 21, is a glimpse into the controversial dark chapter of India’s History.
Background: “31st October” is the first ever Bollywood film on the aftermath of Indira Gandhi’s Assasination and the Anti Sikh Violence that followed.