Former Bengal police chief angry over Nepali-Hindi bilingual film on Gorkhaland agitation

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Guwahati: A former top Bengal police official has objected to the use of a reference to a police officer named Tamta in a Nepali-Hindi bilingual film, Broken Wings.

According to The Telegraph, former police officer Kundan Lal Tamta has asked filmmaker Shenpenn Khymsar to remove the reference to the police officer from his film Broken Wings for “disrespecting” his personality and services.

However, filmmaker Khymsar has refused to change anything about the film.

“I have covered all my bases. I have a legal team. This is creative freedom. The last name (of Tamta) could be a coincidence,” the Telegraph quoted Khymsar as saying.

He said that the film was not “propaganda” but a simple love story against the backdrop of Gorkhaland agitation.

“We have run a disclaimer in the film which states that these are fictional characters and some parts of the story are inspired by true events. The whole movie should be seen. We are not trying to make anyone a devil.” Khymsar said.

The story of the film is set against the backdrop of Gorkhaland agitation from 1988 to 1992.

K. L. Tamta served as Probationary Officer in Darjeeling in 1986, served as Sub-Divisional Police Officer in Klampong from 1987 to 1989, and was Additional SP of Khymsar from 1992 to 1993.

Tamta, who retired in 2015 and is currently an adviser to the police directorate in the post of ADG, said that if the filmmaker does not remove the reference (Tamta’s reference), he will go to court.

The cast of the film, which revolves around a local boy who falls in love with the daughter of a district magistrate, is a mix of mountain actors and veterans.

The cast includes Endo, Sunakshi Grover, Vine Pathak, Shubhdeep Raha, Neto Pandey, Ruben Pardhan, Nima Sherpa, Mingma Lhamo Tamang, and Bhavya Sharma.

The film is set to release on April 29 in Gangtok.

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