If you are seeing the late filmmaker Hrishikesh Mukherjee's 1983 film Kissi Se Na Kehna trending on social media, it has a lot to do with a high profile arrest that happened recently. Alt News co-founder Mohammed Zubair was arrested on June 27. As per Delhi Police's FIR, Zubair was arrested for a tweet that was "highly provocative and more than sufficient to incite feeling of hatred". The arrest was based on a complaint by a Twitter user who claims to be a Hanuman bhakt, and the action against the fact-checker has been done based on that. However, there has been a huge outrage over the arrest, and the circumstances in which it has been carried out, especially the basis on which the case has been registered. Mohammed Zubair, Alt News Co-Founder, Arrested by Delhi Police for Allegedly Hurting Religious Sentiments.
So what has this arrest to do with Kissi Se Na Kehna? In 2018, Zubair had tweeted the below from his handle, which was seen as 'highly provocative and more than sufficient to incite feeling of hatred' as per the FIR, strangely, after four years of the tweet.
Before 2014 : Honeymoon Hotel
— Mohammed Zubair (@zoo_bear) March 23, 2018
In the image with the tweet, there is a hotel board that once used to read 'Honeymoon Hotel' in Devanagari script, but now reads as 'Hanuman Hotel' after a missing sign and certain 'modifications'.
The interesting part about this image is that it is not something Mohammed Zubair, who is known for busting fake news especially from the right wing sources, has made up on his own. The image is a still from Kissi Se Na Kehna, which many of Zubair's supporters are pointing out on Twitter, while asking if the late Hrishikesh Mukherjee would also be arrested for the same. Sardar Udham: Before Vicky Kaushal's Film, Did You Know Hrishikesh Mukherjee Tried to Make a Movie on The Revolutionary? Here's What Happened to It!
See the tweets below:
AltNews Cofounder Mohammed Zubair @zoo_bear has been arrested for posting SNAPSHOT from this movie!! Kissi se na kehna 1983. Director Hrishikesh Mukherjee had escaped prosecution, because he died in 2006! pic.twitter.com/ORbegw5gSb
— Abhishek (@TweetAbhishekA) June 27, 2022
Screengrab of the Movie
This is a screen grab of a Hindi Movie named 'Kissi Se Na Kehna' directed by legendary director Hrishikesh Mukharjee. #ReleaseZubair#KissiSeNaKehna #SanskariHotelhttps://t.co/J8QKhxcOg7 https://t.co/EAlfuorVzD
— ಬಾರುಕೋಲು The Whip (@baarukolu) June 28, 2022
Quite Possible in This Era
Good heavens! Will Sanghis arrest #HrishikeshMukherjee too? I just saw a screenshot of the tweet for which #MohammedZubair was arrested - it's from Hrishida's 1983 film #KissiSeNaKehna *ing Deepti Naval, Farooq Shaikh 🤦🏽 FYI the film's on YouTube &Amazon Prime. #IStandWithZubair pic.twitter.com/amnUL8C1oH
— Anna MM Vetticad (@annavetticad) June 27, 2022
The Filmmaker Would Be Rolling in His Grave
Delhi Police got the wrong guy. They wanted to arrest Hrishikesh Mukherjee but instead arrested @zoo_bear for posting a screenshot of his film "Kissi Se Na Kehna" released in 1983. 😂😂😂
— Gaurav Pandhi (@GauravPandhi) June 27, 2022
Zubair got arrested for tweeting a meme from 1983 movie - Kissi Se Na Kehna, directed by legendary Hrishikesh Mukherjee.
The whole country is laughing at this @DelhiPolice
— Arjun (@comradarjun) June 27, 2022
Kissi Se Na Kehna was a social comedy that starred Farooque Shaikh, Dipti Naval, Utpal Dutt, Saeed Jaffrey and Deven Varma. If you want to watch the film, it is available on Amazon Prime Video and YouTube.
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