Director Vinod Kapri has claimed that his upcoming movie "Miss Tanakpur Haazir Ho", a social satire on the judicial system, will not release in Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh as the khap panchayat has warned exhibitors against its screening.
'Miss Tanakpur Haazir Ho'
The journalist-turned-director also claimed that the entertainment tax officer has advised the theatre owners to "show precaution and not to plan for the film".
"This is completely disgusting and makes me feel that we are living in a banana republic. How can anyone threaten to damage cinemas wanting to play my film that's a social satire?
This is a misuse of power vested upon the khap.
"I only plead them to act responsibly and not cause damage to my film that I have made with passion and a lot of objectivity on the subject that I'm dealing with in the film," Kapri said in a statement.
"Miss Tanakpur Haazir Ho" which stars Annu Kapoor, Ravi Kishan, Om Puri, Rahul Bagga and Hrishita Bhatt, is scheduled to release this Friday.