|Directed by||Raj Amit Kumar|
|Produced by||Raj Amit Kumar|
|Written by||Raj Amit Kumar
Damon J Taylor
|Music by||Wayne Sharpe
|Edited by||Atanu Mukherjee|
Unfreedom (Hindi: Dagh Ujala) is a 2014 Indian drama film by Raj Amit Kumar, which was released in North America on 29 May 2015. Faiz Ahmad Faiz's poem, "Ye Dagh Dagh Ujala", is the inspiration behind the film. The film stars Victor Banerjee, Adil Hussain. and Preeti Gupta.
The story revolves around a Muslim fundamentalist in New York who kidnaps a liberal Muslim scholar with an intent to kill, while a closeted lesbian in New Delhi kidnaps her bisexual lover with the intent to love. The resulting torture and violence evokes a brutal struggle of identities against "unfreedom".
In New York arrives a fundamentalist Muslim Mohammed Hussain (Bhanu Uday), imprisoned by his brutal past, on a mission to kidnap and kill a peaceful Muslim scholar, Fareed Rahmani (Victor Banerjee). “The choices we make, when we are most cornered in life, define who we are.” Once they come face to face, the only way out is through a true examination of the bare bones of each one's existence to make a choice.
In New Delhi, Leela Singh (Preeti Singh), a closeted homosexual girl leaves her orthodox cop father Devraj Singh (Adil Hussain)'s home with a mission to kidnap her activist bisexual lover, Sakhi Taylor (Bhavani Lee) and marry her. Not only do the lovers need to come to terms with their own differences, they need to face Devraj, the truth of the society they live in.
Set in the most archetypal cities of economic and patriarchal control, four characters come face to face with gruesome acts of violence in a battle of identities against unfreedom. "Unfreedom" examines the struggle between the powerful and powerless and those who strive to stand against dominating torturing socio political injustices.
- Victor Banerjee as Fareed Rahmani
- Adil Hussain as Devraj Singh, Leela's police officer father
- Bhanu Uday as Hussain 
- Preeti Gupta as Leela Singh
- Bhavani Lee as Sakhi Taylor
- Ankur Vikal as Najeeb
- Seema Rahmani as Chandra
- Samrat Chakrabarti as Anees
- Danae Nason as Jana
- Andrew Platner as Mitch
- Danny Boushebel as Malik
- Dilip Shankar as Sameer
- Alyy Khan as Alyy
- Kuldeep Sareen as Janaka
- Shayan Munshi as Anand, Sakhi's beau
- Swaroopa Ghosh as Eiravati
- Yash Kansara as young Hussain
- Rayvin Disla as Jordan
- John Castaldo as Morris
- Nalin Singh as Jishnu
- Bubbales Sabharwal as Dr Malik
- Rahul Vohra as right wing leader
- Nikki Chawla as Alvina, Hussain's mother
- Kedarnath as Fiamanullah
- Sudeep Solanki as Jimmy, art buyer
- Darlene Heller as Jessica
- Sachin Verma as Hiresh
- Manoj Bakshi as Prithu
- Vanya Joshi as Ujas
Hari Nair is the cinematographer of the film with Wayne Sharpe and Jesse Kotansky composing the soundtrack. Resul Pookutty did the sound design. Deepa Bajaj, who also was the post-production producer, worked on the publicity campaign and distribution of the film.
In India, the film was refused certification by the Examining Committee. A revising committee of the Censor Board proposed cuts to the director, Raj Amit Kumar. He refused and appealed against the Censor Board's demand for cuts to the Indian Government's Information and Broadcasting Appellate Tribunal FCAT. In response to his appeal, the authorities completely banned the film regardless of cuts. The news of the ban gained widespread coverage in the media.
In a video released on April 9, 2015 on YouTube, Raj Amit Kumar states that the Censor Board should rate or certify a movie, instead of banning and offering cuts. He also said that he would keep sending signed petitions to the Prime Minister and Censor Board, until there is a real change. The director is seeking support from people who believe in freedom of speech.
- https://in.news.yahoo.com/banned-india-unfreedom-released-north-america-054618002.html |2015-02-11
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