Music launch of Ghulam Ali’s film ‘Ghar Wapsi’ cancelled after threat from Hindu Sena

Music launch of Ghulam Ali’s film ‘Ghar Wapsi’ cancelled after threat from Hindu Sena

nationalAfter cancellation of his concerts in Mumbai and other parts of the country following Shiv Sena's threats, the music launch of his forthcoming film 'Ghar Wapasi’, scheduled to be held here this afternoon, was cancelled by hotel authorities in the face of threats by the Hindu Sena to disrupt the event.

Talking to reporters here, film producer Sohail Ilyasi, who had earlier won fame for his TV crime reality show ‘India’s Most wanted’, said, "The music launch of ‘Ghar Wapsi’, which was to be held at the Royal Plaza hotel here, was cancelled by the hotel authorities who refused to provide security to the singer in the eventually of any disruption by the Right wing group.’’ The Hindu Sena had yesterday called up Sohaib and threatened to disrupt the event.
Following which the producer filed a complaint with the Connaught Place police station.

The music maestro, who was on the way to the hotel to attend the event, had to return after news of the cancellation of the event. This is the second time that the music launch of the film has been cancelled. The music release of 'Ghar Wapsi' had to be cancelled in January following Shiv Sena's opposition in Mumbai. Ali, 75, had cancelled his visit to Mumbai for the music launch following threat of disruption by Shiv Sena.

Ali, whose several concerts in India had to be cancelled last year following Shiv Sena threats, is making his acting debut with the Hindi feature film. Besides acting, the singer has also composed and sung an Indian patriotic song for the movie. The film also stars Alok Nath, Farida Jalal, Reema Lagoo, Deepak Tijori and Zarina Wahab. Singers like Sunidhi Chauhan, Sonu Nigam and Shaan have also lent their voice in the film. Sohaib had yesterday sough police security for the event after he received a threat from the Hindu Sena to disrupt the event.

In a two-page complaint filed at Connaught Place Police Station, Sohaib said he had received a call from one person, who identified himself as the Chief of Hindu Sena. According to the film maker, the caller told him not to organise the event, taking exception of the movie's name (Ghar Vapsi) and presence of famous Pakistani artist Mr Ali, who was to attend the music launch. 'He had threatened me against organising the event and we fear that the fringe group could disrupt our tomorrow's event, therefore, we request police to provide adequate security cover to the programme,' Sohaib wrote in the letter.

The film maker had also demanded security for his family as well and urged police to investigate the phone call for appropriate action. While voicing satisfaction with the police bandobast at the venue, Sohaib, however, lamented the action of the hotel authorities to cancel the event . Terming the cancellation of the event as a setback for India-Pak cultural ties, Sohaib said, "the cancellation of the event is a setback for cultural ties between India and Pakistan.

'Ghar Wapsi' is about a family, that is faced with multifarious issues and the dilemma of a cultural identity.
The flick marks the debut of Mr Ali in an Indian movie. Today’s event was scheduled to be attended by former Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh and Pandit Jasraj, besides Mr Ali, said the producer. In his threat to Sohaib, Hindu Sena Chief Vishnu Gupta claimed the film was "anti-Hindu".

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