After ‘The Kerala Story’, now another upcoming film has been embroiled in controversy even before its release. This is the new Hindi movie ‘Ajmer-92’ which will be released next month. The film is reportedly aimed at the minority community and is based on the criminal attack on teenage girls in Ajmer 30 years ago. For its part, Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind has opened a front against ‘Ajmer-92’ regarding the content of the film and has demanded to ban it.
Jamiat Chairman Maulana Mahmood Madani has said: ‘The film made to smear Ajmer Sharif Dargah should be banned immediately. Instead of linking criminal incidents with religion, there is a need for united action against crime, this film will create a rift in society.”
Maulana Mahmood Madani described Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti, whose dargah is in Ajmer, as a living example of Hindu-Muslim unity and who ruled the hearts of millions. He described Chishti as a messenger of peace and harmony in the country, adding that “those who tried to insult or disrespect the sacred personality of him have been insulted.”
Maulana Madani said that the way the criminal incidents are unfolding in the city of Ajmer is an abominable act for the entire society. He further said that freedom of expression is a blessing as well as a strength of any democracy. But under the pretext of this, thoughts and ideas that break the country cannot be promoted.
Directed by Pushpendra Singh and Zarina Wahab, Sayaji Shinde, Manoj Joshi and Rajesh Sharma, ‘Ajmer 92’ is told as a true story. The film depicts the story of more than 100 girls who were blackmailed and then serially sexually assaulted in Ajmer years ago. Most of the victims were school-going girls, and many reportedly later attempted suicide. The controversy has been going on only with regard to the content of the film.