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After theatres, Parzania in Parliament

After theatres, <i>Parzania</i> in Parliament

Dasmunsi announced that Parzania will be screened for the MPs and media during the Budget session of Parliament.

New Delhi: A rather filmi treat awaits Parliamentarians and media when they attend the budget session of Parliament.

Minister for Information and Broadcasting P R Dasmunsi on Saturday announced that Rahul Dholakia's Parzania will be screened for the MPs and media during the Budget session of Parliament.

Parzania, the film which was for long mired in controversy as many organisations feared that its screening would trigger vandalism, was released across India on January 26, 2007.

Dasmunsi added that there would be two special screenings of the film at the Balayogi Auditorium in the Parliament House.

The film starring Naseeruddin Shah and Sarika among others is a story of a Parsi family whose son went missing in the communal clash in Ahmedabad on March 1, 2002.

While the film had been cleared for screening by the censor board, multiplex owners in Gujarat had refused to screen it following alleged threat from organisations close to the BJP.

Defending the multiplex owners’ stand, Gujarat Multiplex Owners Association vice president Mahendra Goswami said, “The censor board has passed the film for the entire country but what people forget is that the issue is based in Gujarat and so should be dealt as a special case.”

first published:February 24, 2007, 20:22 IST