Delhi HC summons Hansal Mehta for his upcoming project 'Faraaz'
Filmmaker Hansal Mehta had announced in August that his next project will be called Faraaz and will be based on the 2016 Bangladesh terror attacks. Now, Mehta and producer Bhushan Kumar have been summoned to appear in Delhi High Court on the basis of a complaint against the makers. Families of two individuals who lost their lives in the blast have filed the suit.
According to the court orders, accessed via Live Law, the complainants—families of victims Tarishi Jain and Abinta Kabir—have sought "permanent and mandatory injunction" for restraining the release of the movie. Counsel for the plaintiffs Jayant K Mehta said in the application for interim relief the main concern of his clients was that the movie should not portray their deceased daughters "in [a] bad light."
In order to be satisfied with the filmmakers' vision, the plaintiffs have requested a preview of the movie and do not want to "ban the screening of the movie." The suit also mentions the makers have named the film Faraaz, which was also the name of Jain and Kabir's best friend. In reality, Hindustan Times reported, Faraaz had lost his life in the blast.
As the friend of their daughters has been named, the families were apprehensive that the makers would mention their daughters, too, for which they have not taken any consent. The lawyer representing the plaintiffs noted that their complaint is on the account of a violation of their right to privacy. Also, they noted the makers' reply to their legal notice had been "very vague."
Now, the court has asked Mehta and Kumar to appear on October 28. Earlier, Mehta had said, "Faraaz is a story of deep humanity and its ultimate triumph in the face of violent adversity." He had also expressed his wish to do justice to the true events. The film, which began production back in June, will mark Shashi Kapoor's grandson, Zahaan Kapoor's debut.
To note, filmmaker Anubhav Sinha is also backing the project. The action thriller will depict the Holey Artisan cafe terrorist attack that shook Bangladesh on July 1, 2016. Five young militants had ravaged the cafe and held over 50 people as hostages for 12 hours.