Filmmaker Hansal Mehta and producer Bhushan Kumar have been asked by the Delhi High Court to appear on October 28 in connection with their upcoming film. farazi.
The families of two victims, Tarishi Jain and Abinta Kabir, who were killed in the 2016 Dhaka terrorist attack, have filed a lawsuit against the makers. Representing her, Yatin Grover says that the name of the film is similar to Faraz, the best friend of two girls.
“He too was a victim of the attack. Hansal and others are making a film on the attack and they have named it Faraz. We sent them a legal notice, because we suspect they are going to portray our client’s daughters as well, and they have not taken any consent. This is a violation of the right to privacy,” he tells us.
Grover further adds that the makers’ reply was “very vague”. He elaborates, “They said whatever they are going to do, it is in the public domain. They are going to take material from there, this and that. So, we approached the court, and they made our arguments. Listened, looked at the documents they had. The filmmakers haven’t stated a release date or come with the trailer, we haven’t asked for an injunction. We’ve asked for a special screening, so we know nothing is wrong We have reserved our rights, prayed for the film to be banned completely, not to use the name Faraz, as it is closely linked to the lives of our daughters.”
He also revealed that the respondents (producers of the film) are contradicting themselves. He points to interviews he had given earlier, where he stated that his film was based on true events, and in response to the notice, he said that it was a fictionalized version of the attack and had nothing to do with girls. Not there.
“Again, no details have been given as to what they are and are not going to show. Public domain has extensive coverage, which was not under our control. But making a film without our consent, of course we Strongly oppose it,” says Grover.
Our efforts to reach Hansal for a comment did not elicit a response at the time of going to press.