First-time director Sankalp Reddy’s eagerly-awaited Hindi-Telugu bi-lingual The Ghazi Attack about the mysterious sinking of an Indian submarine during the 1971 Indo-Pak war has been ordered by the Censor Board Of Film Certification (CBFC) to add a disclaimer relinquishing any claims to historical accuracy.
Says a source from the CBFC, “There is no comprehensive evidence that the incident detailed in The Ghazi Attack has any actual historic bearing. Yes, the incident is reported to have happened during the 1971 Indo-Pak war. But we can’t accept the film as a historical document. We’ve therefore asked them to remove the announcement in the opening titles declaring the film to be based on historical facts and instead add a disclaimer saying the work is partly fictional and partly authentic.”
This development regarding a film based on a historical incident is relevant in the light of the Padmavati controversy where the director Sanjay Leela Bhansali is being questioned for tampering with history. But there is no substantial evidence to suggest Rani Padmavati really existed.
“If at the start of the film Bhansali states that it’s a work of fiction, the allegations of historical inaccuracy would be nullified,” says a source from the CBFC.