Director: Chandra Prakash Dwivedi
Writer: Dr. Kashi Nath Singh
Stars: Sunny Deol, Ravi kishan, Sakshi Tanwar, Saurabh Shukla, Mukesh Tiwari, Rajendra Gupta
Runtime: 150 min
Released: October 2015
Synopsis: Based on Dr. Kashinath Singh’s Hindi novel ‘Kashi Ka Assi’, a religious satire based on the commercialization of the pilgrimage city, and fake gurus who lure the visitors and tourists. Assi Ghat is a burning ghat on the river banks of Ganges flowing into the middle of Banaras, India. The film is based in a famous, historical locality by the ghat, on the southern end of Banaras (Varanasi).
Mohalla Assi is a banned Indian Bollywood satirical film starring Sunny Deol, and directed by Chandra Prakash Dwivedi.
The film is loosely based on Dr. Kashinath Singh’s popular Hindi novel Kashi Ka Assi, a satire on the commercialisation of the pilgrimage city, and fake gurus who lure the foreign tourists. Assi Ghat is a ghat in Varanasi (Banaras) on the banks of Ganges River, and the film is based in a famous and historical ‘Mohalla’ (locality) by the ghat, on the southern end of Banaras. Also starring Ravi Kishen and Sakshi Tanwar, the film is set in the post-independence period.
Sunny Deol plays the lead role of Sanskrit teacher and an orthodox religious priest (Pundit) while Sakshi Tanwar plays his wife. The story of the film goes through the events in 1990 and 1989 including Ram Janmabhoomi movement and Mandal Commission implementation.
Dwivedi had previously directed Pinjar (2003), starring Urmila Matondkar and Manoj Bajpai, and most known for television epic Chanakya. Ameesha Patel was offered the female lead role but turned it down because of financial differences with the film’s producer. Sakshi Tanwar was cast as her replacement.
The principal photography of the film started on 28 January 2011 on the sets erected at the Film City, Mumbai, later scenes were also shot in Varanasi where film is set. The film is nearing completion and is slated to release around post monsoon all over India and oversears. After March 2011, the film moved into post-production stage and aiming for January, 2012 release.
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