Sunny Deol and Sakshi Tanwar-starrer “Mohalla Assi” will finally hit the screens on November 16 after a long wait of two years as the film has been given censor certificate.
The Chandraprakash Dwivedi directorial, based on Kashi Nath Singh’s book “Kashi Ka Assi” that dissects the politically-charged events of 1990 and 1998 — including the Ram Janmabhoomi issue and the implementation of the Mandal Commission — was cleared with an ‘A’ certificate earlier in September.
Delay of the release began when the application for certification of the film was submitted to the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) in March 2016. The announcement was made with a motion poster released on social media on Friday.
The Revising Committee of the board refused to issue the certificate for exhibition of the film stating that the form and content of the film were highly derogatory of humans, culture and religion, including but not limited to mythology and was laden with abusive, explicit content.
They also stated that the makers were misusing the freedom of expression. Producer Vinay Tiwari then appealed to the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT), which in November 2016, directed the producer to carry out 10 cuts/modifications and resubmit the film for its consideration.