Jammu and Kashmir High Court Thursday issued notice to the Government of India and Jammu Kashmir government in connection to the litigation, seeking stay on a movie ‘Shikara’, with an observation that the matter is urgent.
The division bench comprising of Justices Ali Mohammad Magrey and Dhiraj Singh Thakur while issuing notice observed that there is real urgency involved in the matter in context of the interim relief prayed by the petitioners.
“Accordingly, we propose to post the matter tomorrow in the morning session for having response of the respondents, especially the official respondents,” the bench remarked.
The court directed the respondents to file their response by Friday morning.
On February 4, a petition was moved by trio -senior journalist, Majid Hyderi, political activist, Iftikhar Misgar and lawyer and social activist, Irfan Hafiz Lone – through Advocate, Shafqat Nazir, against the release of Shikara movie, scheduled to be released on February 7 across India.
The movie, directed by Vidhu Vinod Chopra, is based on the exodus of Kashmiri pandits from valley in 1990. The petition states that the movie portrays the cruel picture of Kashmiri Muslims.
“The movie is against the actual facts and events and also has the tendency of hurting the sentiments of Kashmiris,” it says.
It says the trailers of the movie, which are available on internet, clearly points towards the “biased and communal content” of movie.
“The whole Muslim population, without any distinction between civilians and militants, has been blamed for the exodus of Kashmiri pundits from valley,” the petition states.
The petitioners have prayed that the respondents be directed to withhold the release of movie, till it is scrutinized and censored by the appropriate authorities.
They have also sought directions for editing or removing “the communal, inflammatory and frivolous content” from the movie.
“To review the certificate issued with regard to movie and censor the controversial and communal scenes and dialogues from it,” petitioners have prayed.
The petitioners have also urged that respondents be directed to ensure all possible steps are taken to prevent polarization and communalization of atmosphere in India particularly in JK.
Meanwhile, the bench issued notice to GoI through Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, JK government, Central Board of Film Certification, National Film Development Corporation, besides Producer and Director of the film Vidhu Vinod Chopra, and his production house Vidhu Vinod Chopra Productions.
The notice on behalf of the GoI and JK government was accepted by Assistant Solicitor General of India, Tahir Majid Shamsi and senior Additional Advocate General, B.A Dar.
The court listed the matter for tomorrow, Friday, for hearing.