A legal notice was served against the makers of Dark Chocolate, a Bengali-Hindi film based on the 2012 murder case of Sheena Bora.The notice, served by the lawyers of the prime accused in the case, Peter and Indrani Mukerjea. asked the makers to halt the screening of the film, threatening further legal action.
Undeterred by these threats, the team behind the film went ahead with their original plan and released the film earlier today.
Dark Chocolate’s Producer Pradip Churiwal was of the opinion that the notice was ‘completely baseless and false’. “Khimani and Associates, the advocates of Peter and Indrani Mukherjea, has issued legal notices to us and the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) alleging misleading and illegal content. The content of the notice is completely baseless and false. They have referred to an extract from the first order passed by Bombay High Court on 17 February, which was modified by another order dated 7 April. In the modified order, the court refused to pass an order under the prayer made by the petitioner and allowed us to complete the film and present it to the censor board,” he told Hindustan Times.
Directed by Agnidev Chatterjee, the film stars Mahima Chaudhry, Riya Sen, Sudip Mukherjee, Mumtaz Sorcar, and Kaushik Sen. While the film has a plotline similar to that of the case, the director of the film insisted that film is not a biography of the victim but an inspiration for a mother-killed-daughter story. “Dark Chocolate draws inspiration from the incident, where perhaps a mother kills her daughter. It’s not a biography. We completed the film in the first week of November and the mystery started unfolding only after we were done with our shooting. Till now, the motive behind the murder isn’t clear. The telephonic conversations between Indrani Mukerjea, Peter Mukerjea and his son Rahul Mukerjea came out in the media only a few days ago. I know, it sounds strange but all these incidents are also there in my film. It’s uncanny and bizarre. I have used the information, which is available in the public domain. It’s like the work of a detective, who is solving a puzzle,” he said.
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Meanwhile, Mahima Chaudhry, whose character in the film is said to be based on Indrani Mukherjea, said the script has an uncanny resemblance to the events that are unfolding now. “The court has asked us to go ahead with the release. We are releasing the film and it is on schedule,” she assured in her recent interview with India Today. She has already won a Best Actress Award for the film which was recently premiered at the Festival of Globe (FOG) in California.
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