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HC gives a nod to 'Hamare Baarah' film; Makers to edit objectionable scenes

This controversial film now will be released on June 21

HC gives a nod to 'Hamare Baarah' film; Makers to edit objectionable scenes
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After watching the film Hamare Baarah, the High Court on Wednesday cleared the way for the screening of the film after observing that it did not find anything offensive against the Quran or the Muslim community. The court gave the green light for the release of the film after the filmmakers showed their readiness to delete the objectionable scenes. At the same time, it imposed a fine of INR 5 lakh on the filmmakers for releasing the glimpse with uncredited scenes and ordered the amount to be donated to a charity of the petitioner's choice.


The film was slated to release on June 7. However, due to a court dispute, it was later scheduled to be released on June 14. As the court has given the permission, now it will finally release on June 21. A petition was filed in the High Court seeking a ban on the screening of the film, claiming that the film was a defacement of the Quran and an insult to Islam and the Muslim community.


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A bench of Justice Burgis Kulabawala and Justice Firdosh Puniwala watched the film and suggested some changes. That change was accepted by both the producer and the petitioner. Accordingly, the court stipulated that the makers should make necessary changes and then release the film. It was also accepted by the makers of the film.


Earlier this month, the High Court had postponed the film's release. The court had allowed the release of the film after the producers gave an assurance that the objectionable portions would be removed as per the Censor Board's order. However, the petitioners approached the Supreme Court against this decision. The Supreme Court, while suspending the release of the film, sent the case back to the High Court and made it clear that the appropriate decision would be taken. 


During the hearing in that background, the court remarked that it had seen the film and found nothing offensive against the Quran or the Muslim community, rather, the film was made for the upliftment of women. Commenting on this, the court also said that Indian citizens are not stupid. During the hearing in this case on Wednesday, the petitioner-respondents submitted consent terms to the court stating that they had agreed to remove some objectionable parts and dialogues from the film. Subsequently, the court allowed the release of the film after making necessary changes.

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