This past Wednesday, a little-known Islamic outfit, Khamman Peer Baba Committee, issued a fatwa against actor Jimmy Shergill for his role in the soon-to-be-released romantic thriller Shorgul. Also, included in the fatwa were the film's producers and director. The Committee believes that the film, which is only loosely based on the Muzzaffarnagar riots, hurts the sentiments of the Muslim community.
According to the film-makers, there is already an unannounced ban on the film particularly in the cities and towns of Uttar Pradesh, such as Muzaffarnagar, Kanpur, Ghaziabad and Lukhnow. Film distributors and cinema-hall owners have refused to show the film fearing violence, bloodshed and anarchy. . . .