Rape and murder victim Disha’s family protests outside Ram Gopal Verma's house

The family had earlier moved the Telangana High Court seeking a ban on the filmmaker's movie based on the Hyderabad gangrape and murder case.
Protest by family members of the Hyderabad rape and murder victim
Protest by family members of the Hyderabad rape and murder victim
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Family members of the Hyderabad veterinarian, who was brutally gangraped and murdered in Hyderabad in 2019, staged protests outside filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma’s residence in Hyderabad on Sunday against his decision to make a movie on the incident. The family had earlier moved the Telangana High Court seeking that the release of the film be restrained and also sought a ban on the film, which is scheduled to be released on November 26. Though Ram Gopal Varma has claimed that the movie is based on a ‘fictional story,’ the trailer of the movie mirrors the incidents reported on the day the veterinarian was gangraped. 

RGV has claimed that the movie is fictional and took to Twitter to clarify the same. “With regard to speculations on DISHA ENCOUNTER film I once again want to clarify it’s a fictional story based upon many cases from Nirbhaya rape onwards.” 

Speaking to the media from outside RGV’s residence, Disha’s father lashed out at the filmmaker for "dragging his family onto the streets."

“He has cast an actor who looks like my daughter, everything about the movie looks like it is about the incident, and despite this, he is saying it is about Disha which means a ‘path’. Do people believe that? He should tell us what the truth is. If the movie is not about my daughter, why would I get calls and messages about it? He should cast his own daughter in the role, then make the movie. I have another daughter who is of marriageable age, what will be our fate if he drags our family to the streets?” her father said to the media.

Ram Gopal Varma’s movie titled ‘Disha encounter’ supposedly based on the circumstances surrounding the gangrape and murder of the Hyderabad veterinarian in 2019 and the following alleged encounter of the four accused in the case. The body of the woman was found burnt at Shadnagar, 23 kilometres from where she was murdered at Shamshabad. The four men accused in the crime were gunned down by the Cyberabad commissionerate police allegedly when they tried to escape during evidence collection. 

The trailer of the movie was released on September 25. The video of the trailer is embedded below: 

Earlier, the Telangana High Court had also stayed a movie made by the filmmaker on the brutal Pranay murder case in Miryalguda, where he had tried to depict the murder as a “father’s love."

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