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Paresh Rawal: 'Dharam Sankat Mein' has no Hindu-Muslim issues

Actor Paresh Rawal today denied reports that his upcoming film "Dharam Sankat Mein" talks about the problems between Hindus and Muslims in the country.

Paresh Rawal
Paresh Rawal

There were reports that the film was first shown to a Muslim maulvi and a Hindu pandit by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) in order to avoid controversy after the release of the satirical movie.

"I don't know from where these reports are coming from. We haven't shown the film to anyone as such. The film does not talk about the problems of the Hindus and Muslims.

"I humbly request people to watch the film first and then form an opinion about it. I feel people should censor the message of the film and not the subject and the way it has been made," Paresh, who was in the Capital to promote the movie, told reporters here.

'Dharam Sankat Mein', releasing on April 10, is directed by Fuwad Khan and stars Annu Kapoor and Naseeruddin Shah in prominent roles besides the "Oh My God" star.

The film revolves around a Hindu man (Paresh), who goes through an identity crisis when he discovers he was adopted by a Hindu family but was born in a Muslim clan.

Kapoor feels making any statement about a film without even watching it is like infringement of freedom of speech and expression.

"India is a country where people always utilise the freedom of speech and expression in a wrong way. Our film gives the message of human kind. A person who gets involved in a situation and he realises at the end that the mankind is the most superior religion," he said.

The film has also irked certain minority groups, who have raised objection over the cap worn by Kapoor in the poster of the film.

The group claim that the actor is sporting a "taqiyah" and they won't allow that.

"Our costume department bought the cap from the marke tand if a guru's cap is so easily available in the market, then it is not our fault," he said. Paresh, who is also a MP now, said he has cut down on the number of films after getting elected from Ahmedabad and has decided to do just four films a year.

"I have cut down on my films now. Earlier, I used to do a dozen of films in a year and now I only do four, so that I can go to the Parliament and visit my constituency too," he said.

Asked how does he sees the functioning of the CBFC, the actor said, "Censoring films is the most thankless job in India."

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