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'Gandhi-Godse' Director Seeks Police Security After Getting Death Threats

© AFP 2023 SUJIT JAISWALBollywood film producer and director Rajkumar Santoshi poses while he faces protest during the press conference of his upcoming Hindi film ‘Gandhi Godse Ek Yudh’ in Mumbai on January 20, 2023.
Bollywood film producer and director Rajkumar Santoshi poses while he faces protest during the press conference of his upcoming Hindi film ‘Gandhi Godse Ek Yudh’ in Mumbai on January 20, 2023. - Sputnik India, 1920, 24.01.2023
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The Hindi movie 'Gandhi Godse: Ek Yudh' depicts a war between the two opposing ideologies of India's freedom struggle: Mahatma Gandhi and his assassin, Nathuram Godse.
Ahead of the release of the Bollywood movie 'Gandhi Godse - Ek Yudh' on January 26, its director Rajkumar Santoshi is seeking police protection for himself and his family after several protestors barged into the movie promotion event last week, issuing death threats to the filmmaker.
The movie sparked controversy in India for allegedly sympathizing with Mahatma Gandhi's assassin Nathuram Godse, who India convicted of killing the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi.
On Monday, writer-director Santoshi wrote a letter to Mumbai's Special Commissioner of Police (CP) Deven Bharti, recalling the entire incident and saying that he feels unsafe because there is a grave danger to him and his family as they can suffer serious injury.
“My team (directors, producers & cast) for the movie Gandhi vs Godse, was in the middle of the press conference where it was interrupted by a group of people with vested interests. Later, several threats were received from some unknown people asking me to stop the release and promotion of this film," Santoshi wrote.
"I feel unsafe and I further submit that grave damage and injury could be caused to me and my family members if such persons are set free and if no steps are taken by your good self and further losses would be caused not only to us but the public at large,” his letter further read.
A video of Santoshi from the promotion event of the movie is doing the rounds on the internet, in which he can be heard saying that some followers of Mahatma Gandhi were shouting slogans in protest over his movie.

"In Madhya Pradesh state's Bhopal city as well, some people staged a protest on the street, burnt an effigy and issued threats to the cinema owners and to me as well, saying that in whichever theatres the film will screen, they will set the place on fire and beat people," Santoshi shared.

Santoshi said that if those protesting were indeed true followers of Gandhiji, they should have preached his ideologies of peace, non-violence, and satyagraha (sticking firmly to the truth), instead of issuing death threats and burning cinema halls.
The movie, which features actors Deepak Antani and Chinmay Mandlekar as Mahatma Gandhi and Nathuram Godse, respectively, is scheduled to be released on Thursday.
While some came in support of Santoshi, others are slamming him for defaming the global non-violence legend Gandhi and promoting a false narrative.
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