‘Coffee With D’ to incorporate changes in the script owing to threats from the underworld
After receiving incessant threats from the underworld, the makers of ‘Coffee With D’ had to postpone the release date of their movie from January 6 to January 20, 2017. Now, as the release date marches closer, the makers have agreed to incorporate the changes demanded by the perpetrators.
The story of the movie revolves around a reporter’s hard attempts to get an interview with the underworld don. The reporter’s role played by Sunil Grover seems be modelled around journalist Arnab Goswami, while actor Zakir Hussain plays the role of underworld don D and the role seems to be inspired by real life gangster Dawood Ibrahim.
So, the lead actor Sunil Grover, director Vishal Mishra and producer Vinod Ramani started receiving threatening calls since December 14, 2016 from various unknown numbers and that too on a daily basis. The producer and director registered a police complaint, owing to harassment by the callers. As the release date came closer, the calls and threats increased all the more and the makers had no option but to push ahead the release of their movie. But, now they have finally decided to relent to the demands and incorporate the required changes.
CBFC Chairperson Pahlaj Nihalani spoke about this entire situation. He said, “We had no objection to the references to Dawood and did not cut them at all. We made other changes and granted the film a ‘A’ certificate. But now we are told the makers of ‘Coffee With D’ are making the changes that have been ordered from the outside. So are we looking at an extra-constitutional censor board operating in India?”
So the movie will now release with changes from the ‘D’ company. The makers are upset over how the industry which has otherwise lent its complete support to a big-budget film like ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’, is not coming forward to lend support to their movie.
‘Coffee With D’ also stars Zakir Hussain, Rajesh Sharma, Dipannita Sharma, Anjana Sukhani in pivotal roles.