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Vipul K Rawal rejects call to withdraw poster

Tony is scheduled to hit the silver screen on November 29
Vipul K Rawal in Siliguri on Tuesday

Binita Paul   |   Siliguri   |   Published 12.11.19, 07:14 PM

Bollywood scriptwriter Vipul K. Rawal on Tuesday said he wouldn’t withdraw the poster of his directorial debut Tony after being served a legal notice that claimed the movie hurt the sentiments of Christians.

The notice was sent by Mumbai-based lawyer Harishchandra Kumar Someshwar.

Tony is the first directorial venture of Rawal who penned scripts of Rustom and Batti Gul Meter Chalu.

Tony is scheduled to hit the silver screen on November 29.

“The poster of the film shows a gun in a severed hand that is nailed and chained to the Holy Cross. I believe the poster has hurt the sentiments and belief of Christians and like-mined people like me,” Someshwar told The Telegraph over the phone from Mumbai.

In the notice sent to the director on November 1, the lawyer asked Rawal, who is also the scriptwriter of Tony, to withdraw the poster and ensure that scenes which could hurt people’s sentiments were not depicted in the film.

Rawal, who is on a trip to north Bengal to check out the locales for his next projects, spoke to the media here on Tuesday about the movie and the legal notice.

“I have used the Holy Cross on the poster as it is related to my film. The movie is based on a Catholic serial killer and I had to show the confession box and the Holy Cross in the poster to describe the story.”

The director vowed that he would not change the poster or take it down.

“My film has already been approved by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) which is also known as the censor board. Even then, I will speak to Catholic priests and some others to know whether there is anything wrong in the poster once I reach Mumbai on Wednesday. However, there is no question of changing the poster now,” he said.

Rawal said the film is a suspense thriller.

“Four psychology students plant a camera in the confessional box of a church as part of a project of their course and then come across a serial killer’s confession before the priest.”

The lawyer said if Rawal didn’t remove the poster, he would take further legal steps. 

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