“My film also went through the same fate as others as Censor board suggests seven cuts in it. However after the fight in the court it comes down to two cuts and one of them is to remove the sentence ‘Man Ki Baat’ as its the phrase our Prime Minister Narendra Modi is using,” said Dakxin Chhara director of the film Sammer slated to release on 8th September 2017. The film is a fiction one based on the storyline of victims of 2008 Ahmedabad blasts with powerful performances by veteran actors Seema Biswas, Subrat Dutta and others.
Chhara who is into making socio political documentation all across the country set out with his camera after the serial blasts rocked Ahmedabad in 2008. After meeting the victims he decides to bring the important story on screen. “I was capturing the moments when I came across the victims who don’t even had any connection with the blasts and hence the most suffered. After listening their cries and stories I decide to bring the story on screen. My father also had a close shave in the blasts and that also makes me to show the brutal reality,” said Chhara.
The film was fully shot in Ahmedabad with couple of scenes in Hyderabad and Bangalore. The people are very supportive to the actors and even give their houses for the shooting. However the director also has to face the heat when the film goes to the censor board.
“I applied for the U/A certificate and the censor board suggested seven cuts in the film which is unacceptable. I fight for the same and finally the court ruled out five and retains two cuts in the film. The surprising cut is the phrase Man Ki Baat which they said is used by PM Narendra Modi and I can’t use the same in my film. However after all the problems finally the film is slated to relase on 8th September 2017. The trailer of the film also gets 10 lakhs hits on Youtube,” said Chhara.
Directed by Daxin Chhara the film has many well known Bollywood stars like Zeeshan Ayub, Seema Biswas, Subrat Dutta, and Anjali Patil. Seema Biswas the Indian film and theatre actress from Assam who shot to fame with the role of Phoolan Devi in Shekhar Kapur’s film Bandit Queen (1994). She has a reputation for performing strong character roles. Biswas won the 1996 National Film Award for Best Actress for her role in the film Bandit Queen. About her role in the film she said that it’s the innocent people who were killed in such disasters.
“I never compare my films and for me every role is new to me. I prefer my scripts to be strong and clear where one can see natural and real acting. For me doing a film on such a sensitive subject is a challenge and my personal view is that it’s the innocent people who died in such political disasters. I still love theatres and love acting be it on stage or in films. Such films with messages is always close to me as it shows the feelings of the human being,” said Biswas.
Another star Subrat Dutta appears in many Bollywood, Tollywood films. He is an alumnus of National School of Drama and has trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama, London. His films includes, HarHarByomkesh, Charlie Kay Chakkar Mein, 2015, Tevar, 2015 as Kakdi, Bhoothnath Returns, 2014, The Shaukeens, Roar, Talaash, Madholal keep walking among others.
About the film Synopsis:
After a young and innocent Muslim engineering student is taken into custody by the Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS), he is forced to help the ATS in their mission to find his own roommate Yasin, the mastermind behind the Hyderabad and Bengaluru blasts, before he strikes again in Ahmedabad.
Sameer features a stellar cast comprised of Zeeshan Ayyub (Raanjhana, Tanu Weds Manu Returns, Raees, Tubelight), Anjali Patil (Mirzya, Newton) and Subrat Dutta (Talaash).
Talking about the journey of the film from New York International Film Festival to its upcoming release in India, Dakxin Chhara, the director of Sameer says ” Sameer is a powerful story about the brutal reality of our times, a gripping tale of how terror can take over the lives of ordinary citizens, We are thrilled to kick our campaign with this trailer and can ’t wait to see the audience reactions”
Sameer, presented by Nomad Movies is slated for its theatrical release across lndia on September 8, 2017.