Cuts in Batla House won’t affect the story: John Abraham on Delhi HC’s green signal


The filmmakers and Ariz Khan, an accused in the 2008 encounter case, reached a consensus on the changes. We just want people to bear with us. From evening till early this morning, we have been making those cuts. From a normal audience point of view, it shouldn’t make that big a difference. Besides that everything is fine,” he said. Director Nikkhil Advani said he was overjoyed that the film will release on August 15 as planned though there will be some delay. More Explained

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The movie producers, however, had claimed it is an “unsubstantiated apprehension” of the petitioners that they figure as characters in the film, slated to hit theatres on August 15. John Abraham said the cuts have not affected the story they are presenting in any way. Except for faceless trolls on social media. “The courts had directed us to make five cuts which we have done. In some centres in the rest of India, the prints will reach by 3pm, evening or even late at night. I’m not worried,” the actor said. “We have seen it from before and after. Advertising

John Abraham said since the film deals with a contentious topic, those involved in its making should be available to answer the questions of the public. Popular Photos

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“As a result there will be some cities where it’ll take time for the prints to reach. The film’s makers agreed to put certain disclaimers and delete some scenes in the movie, which were objected to by Khan and Ahmed. We have tried our best to send this to everyone in time but there will be some centres which won’t open till Thursday evening,” Advani said. “There are responsible filmmakers but some of them, I must say, aren’t very responsible also. I wouldn’t look at myself or us as the victim here… Every time we say, ‘we are being victimised’, it doesn’t happen like this, it isn’t that bad. That’s what democracy is about — if you have a point of view and want to raise a question, you must. I don’t think we fall in that bracket. It’s absolutely ok,” he said. John Abraham, speaking at a press meet after the order on Tuesday, said some people complain about movies being a soft target but that thought never crossed his mind. The postponement of the film’s release was also sought by Shahzad Ahmed, who has been sentenced to life imprisonment in the Batla House case and has challenged the verdict in the High Court. Khan was earlier seeking the postponement of the release of the film on the grounds that it would affect his trial. “If people want to question us, we should be ready with answers. Both Khan and Ahmad are also facing trial in the 2008 Delhi serial bomb blasts case. 0
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