Monday, November 29, 1999

Film shooting in mosque stopped following protest

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Kapurthala (Punjab), May 15 (PTI) Authorities here stopped the shooting of a Hindi film starring Kangana Ranaut, Jimmy Shergill and R Madhavan in the premises of a mosque following strong protests by members of Muslim community for allegedly hurting their religious sentiments. The film "Tanu weds Manu", a love story, is being directed by Anand Malhotra and produced by Shailesh Singh. The members of the Muslim community assembled in the famous Moorish mosque, a national heritage site, last night when they noticed that crew members of the film had erected a set in the mosque premises to shoot a scene of the film. They lodged a strong protest there and asked the producer to show the permission of the administration to shoot the film in the premises of the mosque. The members did not allow the film producer to shoot the scene of the film in the mosque and raised slogans against the administration. Later, Sub Divisional Magistrate S K Singla and city DSP reached the spot and directed the producer not to shoot the film in the premises of the mosque. Deputy Commissioner Raj Kamal Chaudhary, when contacted, said the film unit did not inform the administration that it wanted to shoot in the mosque nor had the film producer taken any permission from the administration. The producer had taken permission from the Wakf Board which was not looking after the affairs of the mosque as the mosque was declared as a national monument by Archaeological Survey of India, he said. Chaudhary said he had directed the SDM to stop the shooting in the mosque following protests by the Muslim community.

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