Sena threatens agitation against play based on Pakistani poet
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Last Updated: Saturday, April 03, 2010, 18:35
Mumbai: Acting moral police against Hindi play "Sara", based on the life of a Pakistani poet, Shiv Sena on Saturday said it has received complaints that the drama had obscene dialogues and asked the producer to remove them.

"We received some complaints from local people saying that some of the dialogues in the play are very obscene. So we are demanding that they should be removed," Sena MLC Anil Parab told agency.

The party has also given a letter to local police station regarding the issue and asked the play producer Tarun Singh Negi to show censor certificate.

"I asked Negi to show the censor certificate given to the play. But he refused to do that. We would agitate if the objectionable lines are not removed," local Sena leader Suresh Dube said.

However, the play director Mahesh Dattani said the allegations are baseless.

"Their complaint letter does not mention any specific dialogue. Initially, they objected to the play, saying it was written by a Pakistani, which is not true. None of the Shiv Sena activists have seen the play," Dattani said.

The play producer approached the police for protection and it was assured to them. Threatening calls were also made to the producer and the director, Dattani said.

The maiden show of the play is scheduled tomorrow at Manik Sabhagruha in suburban Bandra.

The drama is written by Shahid Anwar on the life and time of Sara Shagufta, one of Pakistan's most controversial poets. Her life was troubled with personal conflict, which were expressed through her writings. It is mostly based on her letters to well known Punjabi poet and novelist, Amrita Pritam.

More shows have been scheduled in the city and outside, Dattani said.


First Published: Saturday, April 03, 2010, 18:35

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