Film based on 1984 anti-Sikh riots gets Green Light from Censor Board after cuts

New Delhi : The upcoming historical thriller '31st October,' dealing with the aftermath of assassination of former Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, has been cleared by the Censor Board for exhibition. The movie, starring Vir Das and Soha Ali Khan, has been cleared by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), after suggesting nine major cuts. Confirming the news, writer-producer Harry Sachdeva said, ''We had to make certain modifications to the script without affecting the authenticity of the cinematic projection. It took time, but we were eventually able to convince the Censor Board to retain the scenes, which brought out the realism of the story and which were important to the narrative.'' The flick is directed by Shivaji Lotan Patil and written and produced by Harry Sachdeva.

Talking about his movie, Sachdeva said ''there's a reason for bringing this subject to the screen and justice needs to be done to the subject as the film is about undying human spirit and does not seek to make any political statements.'' Set in Delhi, 31st October is the most realistic depiction of the incident and the story of a Sikh family, which gets trapped in a riot-affected part of the Capital after Gandhi was assassinated by her Sikh bodyguards, which led to the anti-Sikh riots. The film, an edge-of-the-seat thriller about a family, which battles all odds for survival, was praised for being gritty, thrilling and heart-rending at various foreign film festivals.

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