Hamare Baarah actresses face murder and rape threats, files FIR at Versova police station in Mumbai

24 May,2024 05:47 PM IST |  Mumbai  |  mid-day online correspondent

Reports indicate that the actresses involved in the film Hamare Baarah have received horrifying messages, including rape and murder threats

`Hamare Baarah` team outside versova police station

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The much-anticipated film 'Hamare Baarah' has found itself embroiled in controversy ahead of its release. Despite receiving accolades at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival, the film has been under a controversial spotlight since its announcement. The film sheds light on the injustices faced by women in a Muslim-dominated village, mirroring societal issues prevalent in various communities.

While the film is receiving critical acclaim for its storyline and message, the cast and producers have become targets of online threats. Reports indicate that the actresses involved in the film have received horrifying messages, including rape and murder threats. In a bold move to address these concerns, producer Ravi S. Gupta, actor Rahul Bagga, writer Suffi Khan, and actresses Aditi Bhatpahri, Ishlin Prasad, Neha Varshney, and Muskaan Varshney filed a formal complaint at Versova station, highlighting the severity of the situation.

The threats have not only shaken the film's team but have also garnered sympathy from industry stakeholders. Exhibitors and distributors associated with 'Hamare Baarah' have expressed their solidarity with the producers, acknowledging their helplessness in ensuring optimal support amidst such adversities.

Despite the challenges, 'Hamare Baarah' received a standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival, with rave reviews applauding its bold portrayal of societal truths.

The movie 'Hamare Baarah' follows in the footsteps of past films that explore truth through different religious and cultural lenses, like Christianity, Hinduism, and Maulana. In this film, it's the Muslim community that serves as the reference point for exploring deeper truths. In their statement, the filmmakers reaffirmed their dedication to depicting reality faithfully, regardless of the potential controversies it may provoke. They underscored the significance of sparking conversations about topics often overlooked, urging for increased awareness and empathy.

Directed by Ravi S. Gupta and starring Annu Kapoor along with Ashwini Kalsekar, Manoj Joshi, Abhimanyu Singh, Parth Samthaan, Paritosh Tripathi, Rohittash Sardare, Aditi Bhatpahri, and Ishlin Prasad.

'Hamare Baarah' is jointly produced by Birender Bhagat, Ravi S. Gupta, Sanjay Nagpal, and Sheo Balak Singh, with Triloki Nath Prasad serving as co-producer and Kamal Chandra as director. The story of the film is penned by Rajan Agarwal, with Ajendra Ajay serving as the creative director.

The film will be released by Viacom 18 Studios in India, while Rising Star Entertainment UK is at the helm for the global release.

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