Titled ‘A Letter to the Terrorist’, the film features Kia Scherr who lost her husband and daughter to terrorism during her stay in the city. A human rights organization in Pakistan was keen on taking the film forward to as many students as possible.

“They had made several arrangements through a film festival organization in Lahore and Karachi. Unfortunately, the word-of-mouth worked against us as the news spread and the next thing we know there is an official ban from the Taliban,” says the Atlanta-based director. According to a New York-based source, the film was screened at Toronto Film Festival last year where the subject apparently moved the likes of Amitabh Bachchan and Vidya Balan.

Incidentally, the director doesn’t seem keen to contest the verdict passed on his film by the terror unit. “It is an awkward as well as a dangerous situation. They (Taliban) haven’t even seen the film to object. Also, I don’t wish to jeopardize lives by insisting on going ahead with the plan,” Shanmugan said. When asked if his film will get an India release, the director said, “We’ve already applied for the Censor Board certificate. Once it’s obtained, it will be screened in India.”

About the film

Kia is the wife and mother of American tourists Allen and Naomi Scherr who were shot dead by terrorists on 26/11 respectively. In the film, she’s trying to contact Ajmal Kasab through a letter. However, she fails to deliver the note as none were allowed by the government to make any contact with him.  

Courtesy: Mid-day

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