Parliamentarians and media to view ‘Parzania’ soon


May 14, 2007

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New Delhi, May 4 (IANS) Parliamentarians and members from the media would soon get to view Rahul Dholakia’s controversial film ‘Parzania’ depicting the plight of a Parsi family during the 2002 communal violence in Gujarat.

‘The modalities of screening the film in the Parliament House are being worked out and the date would be finalised soon,’ Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi told reporters here Friday.

The film, based on a real life incident, depicts the travails of a Parsi couple – played by Naseeruddin Shah and Sarika – after their son went missing during the violence in the state.

When the film was released across the country Jan 26, several Hindu rightwing activists in Gujarat opposed it, saying it was prejudiced against the majority Hindu community. The theatre owners in the state refused to screen the film, allegedly under pressure.

The movie, directed by US-based Dholakia, had a worldwide release Jan 26.