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Aamir unveils AMU

August 12, 2008 5:06:58 PM IST
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AMU, the national award winning film directed by Shonali Bose, based on the infamous Sikh Riots of 1984 was unveiled on DVD recently by Bollywood Superstar Aamir Khan. The Film which will never appear on Indian Television is being released on DVD by Excel Home Videos.

Says Aamir Khan, ''AMU is a heart wrenching story. It is an important film and is very relevant to our times''.

Says Shonali Bose, the director of the film, ''We are very pleased that the film can be viewed on DVD and we thank Excel for making it possible. The cuts made in AMU for television by the censors were equivalent to banning the film. The Indian government is not shielding Indian youth from scenes of horrific violence - because there are none in AMU. With the DVD format, we hope the film reaches out to a larger audience without loosing crucial scenes''

Says Beda Pain, Producer of the film, ''Such a history cannot be buried and forgotten. Young people cannot make their future or understand their present without knowing the past. Today, twenty-four years after an elected government massacred its own people in full view of the world, no one has been punished. And as a result, the cycle of violence has continued. What kind of political system is this in which those in powers can get away with such crimes again and again? This is the question AMU leaves the young protagonists with as they walk down a railway track into the future. This is why we made AMU. So that people all over the world will ask the question''.

Says Konkona Sensharma, ''The DVD is a great way of keeping the message alive. The movie deserves a wider audience since it will not release on television''.

Says M.N Kapasi, MD, Excel Home Videos, ''We have made the DVD true to the essence of the film with deleted scenes, theatrical trailers, making of AMU, director's commentary - recounting the numerous obstacles encountered during the making of the film. The DVD also has stalwarts and actors from the industry including Aamir Khan, Shyam Benegal, Mira Nair, Naseeruddin Shah, Jaya Bachchan, Hema Malini, Ketan Mehta, Gulzar, Aparna Sen, Vishal Bharadwaj, Vivek Oberoi, Shaad Ali and others publicly endorsing the film''.



 
 

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