Jadavpur University cancels screening of Anupam Kher starrer ‘Buddha in a Traffic Jam,’ causes social media outrage


The students of the Kolkata’s Jadavpur University on Friday staged a protest against Bollywood film director Vivek Agnihotri and the screening of his film inside the campus.

According to ANI, Agnihotri, along with actor and politician Anupam Kher, was scheduled to attend a special screening of his film ‘ Buddha in a Traffic Jam’ at the Triguna Bhawan in the university.

However, the director soon tweeted attaching a letter from the university saying the screening had been cancelled.

The university, according to reports, chose cancelled the screening after they learnt that the students were gathering to stage a protest.

As soon as the director reached the campus, he was shown black flags and placards by the students of university urging him to go back.

Undeterred by the news of the cancellation, the director decided to go ahead with screening the film on campus, where faced massive protests from the students.

“Massive protest against me and the film. They are breaking the car apart. Help needed. The registrar came and stopped the peaceful screening of Buddha In A Traffic Jam massive chaos and sloganeering,” Agnihotri said on Twitter.

This caused huge social media backlash as many twitter users described it as an attack of freedom of expression.

Such was the outrage that hashtag  began to trend nationally with users expressing their outrage against the protests by Jadavpur University.

Actor Aditi Rao Hydari too extended her support to Agnihotri.

She tweeted;

Earlier in the day, Agnihotri also tweeted, “I reached Kolkata in the morning for the screening of at Jadavpur Univ but they cancelled it. Pl support our FoE.”

He also said that in the protest, he also broke his shoulder.

“Unfortunate that film screening wasn’t allowed. It should have been allowed,” Agnihotri told ANI after his movie was not allowed to screen.

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