Mohalla Assi (transl. The neighbourhood of Assi Ghat; Hindi pronunciation: [moːɦəllaː əssiː]) is a 2018 Indian Bollywood satirical comedy drama film starring Sunny Deol,[1] and directed by Dr. Chandraprakash Dwivedi.

The film is loosely based on Dr. Kashi Nath Singh’s popular Hindi novel Kashi Ka Assi, a satire on the commercialisation of the pilgrimage city, and fake gurus who lure the foreign tourists. Assi Ghat is a ghat in Varanasi(Banaras) on the banks of Ganges River, and the film is based in a famous and historical ‘Mohalla’ (locality) by the ghat, on the southern end of Banaras. Also starring Ravi Kishen and Sakshi Tanwar, the film is set in the post-independence period.

Sunny Deol plays the lead role of Sanskrit teacher and an orthodox religious priest (Pandit) while Sakshi Tanwar plays his wife.[The story of the film goes through the events in 1990 and 1989 including Ram Janmabhoomimovement and Mandal Commission implementation.

On 30 June 2015, the release of Mohalla Assi was stayed by a Delhi court for allegedly hurting religious sentiments. After so much delay, Mohalla Assi finally released on 16 November 2018.

Cast

  • Sunny Deol as Pandey Ji
  • Ravi Kishan as Kanni Guru
  • Sakshi Tanwar as Savitri
  • Saurabh Shukla as Upadhyay
  • Mukesh Tiwari as Radheshyam
  • Rajendra Gupta
  • Mithilesh Chaturvedi
  • Seema Azmi
  • Faisal Rashid
  • Davinder Singh
  • Mohit Sinha
  • Naresh Jang
  • Vaibhav Mishra
  • Shrichand Makhija
  • Md. Rahman Jony

Production

Dwivedi had previously directed Pinjar (2003), starring Urmila Matondkar and Manoj Bajpayee, and most known for television epic Chanakya.[2] Ameesha Patel was offered the female lead role but turned it down because of financial differences with the film’s producer.[8] Sakshi Tanwar was cast as her replacement.

The principal photography of the film started on 28 January 2011 on the sets erected at the Film City, Mumbai, later scenes were also shot in Varanasi where film is set. The film is nearing completion and was slated to release around post monsoon all over India and oversears.[9][10] After March 2011, the film was moved into post-production stage and was aiming for January, 2012 release.

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