Drama and violence on Jadavpur University campus over screening of Anupam Kher’s movie


Film actor Anupam Kher’s film ‘Buddha In A Traffic Jam’ faced heavy protest in Jadavpur university campus in Kolkata on Friday.

Violence broke out in Jadavpur University (JU) on Friday as Bollywood director Vivek Agnihotri tried to screened his political drama Buddha In A Traffic Jam on the campus amid protests by students.

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However, The Indian Express, reported that supporters of RSS’ student wing, ABVP, allegedly roughed up some girl students after the JU alumni association, which runs the Triguna Sen auditorium, decided to cancel the booking for a pre-release screening of the film in its hall citing the prevailing model code of conduct in the state.

Both Agnihotri and Kher, who features in the film, were scheduled to be present for the screening.

“ABVP students organised the screening like a political rally. They were raising pro-Modi and pro-BJP slogans” said Bitan Basu, a student of Film Studies department.

Payal Sarkar, a student of the Arts department, said: “When ABVP members did not get permission for the screening, they started raising slogans against us. Soon after, the screening of Nakul Singh Sawhney’s Muzaffarngar Baaqi Hai, a documentary based on the 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots was disrupted by ABVP members. They came to our screening and said that if they can’t screen their film, we also can’t do the same.”

Arnab Mitra, a ABVP supporter, said, “Initially, we were given permission to screen the film in the auditorium. However, today morning we got to know that the permission has been withdrawn because of protests of ultra-leftist student bodies. When we screened the film in the open, they raised slogans against us and started beating us up.”

“They also detained four of our brothers Debashish Chaudhury, Sandeep, Partha Chakraborty and Tanmay Basak. Debashish is a professor of Bangabasi College, Tanmay and Sandeep are admitted at the hospital. We are going to get an FIR lodged against the JU students,” he added.

The film, which also stars Arunoday Singh, will be released nationwide on 13 May. Agnihotri later told ANI, “Unfortunate that film screening wasn’t allowed. It should have been allowed.”

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