The upcoming film ‘Ram Janmabhoomi’ produced by UP Shia Waqf Board chairman Waseem Rizvi portraying police firing on kar sewaks in Ayodhya in October/November 1990 has riled clerics so much that Rizvi had been excommunicated from Shia community. On Monday, Rizvi released a poster and trailer of the film which started 18 months back and announced that the film would hit the theatre screens in December.
Prominent Shia cleric and Imam-e-Juma of Lucknow Maulana Kalbe Jawwad on Tuesday demanded the UP government to ban the film. He said that Shia Muslims had already excommunicated Rizvi and by launching the controversial film, he stood expelled from the community of Muslims.
Other clerics and leaders of Muslim outfits, including Sunni Muslims, also opposed the film by Rizvi.
Maulana Jawwad said that the film trailer released in Lucknow was itself very provocative and the government must immediately act. In an after thought, Jawwad said that they did not expect the BJP government to act against Rizvi and hence they would approach the court and seek a ban on the film. Without naming any political party, Jawwad said that the film release would only spread hatred in society and immensely benefit a particular party. Maulana Jawwad also submitted a memorandum to the state government demanding a ban on the film.
Meanwhile, Imam of the Aishgbagh Idgah Khalid Rashid said that the film trailer released on Monday was highly objectionable and it was a nefarious attempt to spread hatred in the society. He said that Islamic practices like ‘triple talaq’ and ‘halala’ had been portrayed in the negative light. Rashid added that highly objectionable words were used about Islamic icons and that was something unacceptable.
President of Shia Personal Law Board Yasoob Abbas commented that the sole purpose of the film seemed to drive a wedge between Hindus and Muslims. He said that such nefarious attempts by irresponsible person should not be allowed. The cleric said that all attempts of fanning communal discord be resisted for maintaining social and communal harmony.
President of Imam Welfare Association Imran Hassan Siddiqui wrote to Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath demanding a ban on the film saying that it aimed at promoting anarchy in the society. “Rizvi has developed a habit of issuing provocative statements against Islam, clerics and hurting the sentiments of Muslims,” Siddiqui alleged.
Refusing to be identified, a Muslim leader of the BJP said that the film production by Rizvi was his personal matter and the party had nothing to do with it. He, however, said that if anything was controversial in the film, the law of the land would take its own course.