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Short Film On Pehlu Khan Shown at I&B Ministry Event: RSS, VHP Members Unhappy, Say Movies on Lynching Defame Hindu Organisations

Should not be particularly shown in forums with international guests because they will present India badly, said a senior RSS leader. 

A short film on the lynching of Pehlu Khan in Rajasthan was recently screened in the Information & Broadcast Ministry’s International Film Festival of India (IFFI) that ended in Goa last week. Some Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leaders are miffed that the film titled Al-War was screened at a government-sponsored event, Economic Times reported.

Commenting on the short film, Surendra Jain, VHP spokesperson told ET that movies made on lynching often “tend to show a one-sided picture of the crime with an aim to defame Hindu organisations.” He also underlined that since investigation on the Pehlu Khan case is underway, “movies on such cases should not be shown anywhere, let alone a film festival sponsored by the government.”

Similarly, a senior RSS leader lamented how such movies are not good for the image of the country. “Such movies should not be particularly shown in forums with international guests because they will present India badly,” he said.

“Films for the viewing room were selected completely on their creative potential and ability to engage audiences,” one official told ET on conditions of anonymity when asked about the Hindu outfits’ disapproval.

The short film depicts the struggles of a poor Muslim dairy farmer and his love for his cattle. The shooting was stalled by Hindu activists twice and director Jaideep Yadav had to take police security, the ET report added.

In April 2017,  55-year-old Pehlu Khan was beaten to death on suspicion of cattle smuggling by a mob in Alwar district of Rajasthan. All the five men who were arrested on the charges of murdering him are out on bail.

Also read: Why Everyone Needs to Watch Lynch Nation

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