Trailer and poster of film Game of Ayodhya was unveiled by Amar Singh (Member of Parliament) on 24th October, Tuesday at J W Mariott hotel Juhu with much fanfare. The event saw the presence of Arun Bakshi, Sunil Singh, Bhushan Agarwal, Yogesh Lakhani, Abhay Bhargav and Savita Bajaj.
It may be noted that Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) denied a certificate for its plot which is based on the love story of a press reporter in the backdrop of Babri Masjid demolition at Ayodhya in 1994. The CBFC suggested many cuts which could have lost the authenticity of films original plot. Cuts in the film were not acceptable to film producer Sunil Singh.
Left with no option they approached The Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT) for want of justice. The makers in their appeal had asserted that the theme of the film focuses on the sins he committed as a young reporter; actions that led to riots between Hindus and Muslims.
After watching the film, FCAT has directed the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) to grant a U/A certificate to the film “Game of Ayodhya”. In its final order, the FCAT said, “The film is an attempt by the producer to present different perspectives. Producer has attempted by resorting to a flashback and a discussion representing clergy, research scholars, librarians and others knowledgeable about the history of Masjid Mandir dispute to represent various facets which may not be fully known based on their research and study.”
Sunil Singh, Director of the film said “it can be best described as a wonderful blend of offbeat and mainstream cinema which is full of charm, elegance and vivacity. The makers want to tell an old-fashioned story of love, separation and reunion with flourishes and flashes of great cinema igniting what would in lesser hands, appear to be a trite tale of love gone frightfully cliched & shows the reunion of a Muslim girl & a Hindu boy, which means that the makers are trying to bring unity between Hindu & Muslim to bring communal harmony The film is not manufactured or created or any fiction. It is the true events and facts”.
Author: Sitaram Mewati
Award winning journalist