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Amitabh Bachchan's 'Nishabd' draws protest in Jalandhar
27th Feb 2007 09.00 IST
Romancing with a girl of one's granddaughter's age may have fascinated Russian author Vladimir Nabokov's creative urge to pen down a famous novel, but in Jalandhar the soon to be released Amitabh Bachchan starrer movie made on the same lines has evoked a public outrage.
On Friday, people in Jalandhar staged a protest against Ram Gopal Verma ’s next film Nishabd , where a sexagenarian Bachchan will be seen getting infatuated towards an 18-year-old girl, portrayed by debutante Jiah Khan .
People participating in the protest, organized by the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP)'s Jalandhar unit alleged that the movie was against Indian culture.
The protesters shouted slogans against Bachchan for taking up such a role and also defaced many posters of the film.
"We are protesting against Amitabh Bachchan's film ‘Nishabd’. He has grand children and he is romancing with a young girl in the film that is beyond his dignity and against our social values. The message that the film will convey is contradictory to our society. Hence, we are protesting against the screening of the film and we will continue our protest till the film is banned," said Parminder Singh, general secretary Lok Jan Shakti Party, Punjab unit.
The self-proclaimed protectors of Indian ethos demanded a nation-wide ban on the screening of the film, failing which they issued a warning that their protest may aggravate.
‘Nishabd’, considered to be based on Nabokov's 'Lolita,' is scheduled for a March 3 release and reportedly, exhibits a high voltage sensual drama between Bachchan and Jiah.
(The picture shows Bachchan in a still from ‘Nishabd’.)
Ram Gopal Verma
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