Ajay Devgn’s Tanhaji - The Unsung Warrior has fallen into another controversy, as the Akshil Bhartiya Kshtriya Koli Rajput Sangh as filed a plea in the Delhi High Court against the film’s release. According to a report in Mumbai Mirror, the plea seeks directions to director Om Raut to not distort facts about Tanhaji’s true lineage.
The Sangh’s plea alleges that the film shows Tanhaji Malusare as belonging to the Maratha community, while in reality he was a Kshatriya Mahadeo Koli. They have also sought a direction to the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) to not grant a viewing certificate to the film unless the correct facts are shown.
The petition claims that the Koli community had sent many representations the CBFC to ensure the correct lineage of the warrior is shown, but the censor board didn’t take any action.
Earlier, Ajay Devgn took to Twitter to thank MNS for allowing Tanhaji to release simultaneously in Marathi and Hindi. The political party, which is known for opposing the release of Hindi films dubbed in Marathi, approved the Om Raut directorial saying that “it should be dubbed in as many languages as possible.”
Thank you ? Ameya & MNS for allowing us to showcase our film Tanhaji in Marathi & Hindi simultaneously. It’s our privilege to be able to share the story of this brave Maratha warrior in his mother tongue as well as the National Language? https://t.co/ds21FiaDd9
— Ajay Devgn (@ajaydevgn) November 20, 2019
On the other hand, the Nationalist Congress Party legislator Jitendra Awhad warned the makers of Tanhaji to get the basic facts of the film right and not portray the history of the characters wrongly. Awhad threatened the makers of the film to make changes to the trailer. He expressed his sentiments on Twitter.
(With inputs from Mumbai Mirror)
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