Ziyarat denied release in Jammu despite valid agreement

NEW DELHI: A film based on communal amity in Jammu and Kashmir, ‘Ziyarat‘ directed by Suresh K Goswami, has been denied released in Jammu although the filmmakers had fulfilled all necessary formalities with the theatres.

Goswami told that the film had been cleared by the censors and was considered an important milestone in promoting communal amity in the valley.

He said the release had been scheduled for 2 December and the pre-booking, reservation, and the theatre advance payment had been concluded 20 days before the release date for Hari Theatre.

The producers have complained to the industry body and also sought damages at this unethical behaviour of the theatre management.

Goswami said, "Ziyarat was a sincere effort to promote brotherhood, regional integration, local culture and national integration, a much needed genre in present Kashmir."

The film tells the story of a Muslim couple who are desperately looking for a Hindu Pandit. The couple forced to flee the valley in the wake of violence, leaving behind their child.

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