Hamare Baarah Got Stayed By Bombay High Court After CBFC: The Bombay High Court put a stay on its release until June 14 due to objections raised by a petitioner. However, on June 7, the court allowed the film to be released after the makers agreed to delete certain controversial dialogues. In a rare move, the Bombay High Court ordered the makers of “Hamare Baarah” to remove specific dialogues, despite the film already being cleared by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC). This is unusual because typically, if a film has been passed by the CBFC, courts do not usually intervene further.

Petition Against “Hamare Baarah”

The petition against the film “Hamare Baarah” was filed by Azhar Basha Tamboli, who argued that the movie violated the Cinematograph Act, of 1952. Tamboli claimed that the film portrayed married Muslim women as having no independent rights due to a misinterpretation of a verse in the Quran. He asserted that the filmmakers had indulged in a misreading of this verse, which led to a depiction that was not only inaccurate but also potentially harmful to the perception of Muslim women in society. This portrayal, according to Tamboli, violated the spirit and provisions of the Cinematograph Act, which aims to regulate the content of films in India to ensure that they are not offensive or harmful to public sentiments and moral values. The petitioner further stressed specific dialogues in the film that he found particularly objectionable. One such dialogue suggested that Muslim men should marry multiple women to increase the Muslim population, while another likened the role of a woman to that of a salwar’s drawstring, implying that a woman should remain inside the house. Tamboli argued that these dialogues were not only offensive but also propagated a regressive view of women’s roles in society. He believed that allowing such content to be shown to the public could reinforce negative stereotypes and encourage discriminatory behaviour towards Muslim women. In response to the petition, the Bombay High Court took an unprecedented step by ordering the filmmakers to delete the controversial dialogue, even though the film had already been cleared by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC). Typically, once a film is certified by the CBFC, it is rare for courts to demand further cuts. However, the court emphasized that permitting individuals to halt the release of films certified by the CBFC could lead to a scenario where filmmakers are held to ransom, disrupting the balance between creative freedom and public sensitivity. This decision underscores the court’s recognition of the need to protect societal harmony while respecting the regulatory framework of film certification in India.

Why did the Bombay High Court initially put a stay on the release of “Hamare Baarah”?

The Bombay High Court put a stay on the release of “Hamare Baarah” until June 14 due to objections raised by a petitioner. The petitioner claimed that the film violated the provisions of the Cinematograph Act, of 1952, and portrayed married Muslim women in a derogatory light. The court decided to halt the release until these objections were addressed.

What led to the Bombay High Court allowing the release of “Hamare Baarah” on June 7?

On June 7, the Bombay High Court allowed the release of “Hamare Baarah” after the filmmakers agreed to delete certain controversial dialogues from the film. Despite objections raised by the petitioner, the court permitted the release once the makers agreed to make these changes, ensuring that the film would not propagate offensive or objectionable content.

Ashutosh Raj

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