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Muzaffarnagar Abhi Baki Hai remains in the limelight

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Nakul Singh Sawhney's controversial documentary "Muzaffarnagar Abhi Baki Hai" is in the limelight again after the screening of documentary in two educational institutes was disrupted recently.

While in Delhi University, the documentary was finally not shown to the students after much opposition from the ABVP volunteers, students in Jawaharlal Nehru University managed to screen the movie despite much opposition from the university administration.

So what exactly makes the documentary controversial?

The documentary is based on the 2013 riots of Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh, which witnessed a number of deaths and a large number of people of two communities, displaced.

It shows leaders of two political outfits provoking masses against each other and commit atrocities. The documentary delves into the present living condition of people who were displaced from their houses because of the riots.

The documentary has recorded the interviews of a number of families of both the communities who were affected and it also recalls the horrific tales of violence.

Talking about the documentary, former Predident JNU Student's Union Lenin Kumar said: "There is nothing wrong with the documentary. Whatever has been shown is factual. It is not if the director created a work of fiction. He went and interviewed people and recorded what they had to say. ABVP is simply trying to disrupt the screening because they are against any kind of creative freedom. This attitude shows exactly is happening in the country as well. Just one group of people are trying to dictate terms."

Members of ABVP who sought a ban on the screening of documentary on the other hand feel that the documentary is a way of influence young minds with a certain ideology. The documentary is more than two hour long and has been shot in various riot affected places in Muzaffarnagar. It also shows the aftermath of the riot and conditions of people who are displaced.

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