A film by a talented independent filmmaker, Gambaste Sutrasutra, has been taken hostage by a mysterious group in India’s western region of West Bengal, threatening to destroy the film.
The film was released in 2015 and won numerous awards, including a BAFTA Award for Best Film and a Palme d’Or nomination.
Gambastes first film, Ganda, was released for the release of a film festival in the UK in 2016.
The film was later re-released for the 2016 festival in India and has received several awards.
The ransom note, posted on Facebook by a member of the ‘Sutrashetra Gang’, demanded $500,000 and the release date of the film, which is scheduled to be released in 2019, as well as a ransom note.
The release date has yet to be confirmed.
The statement posted on Gambas official Facebook page reads:”This is a film by my friend, Gonda Sutrani who has been kidnapped by some people.
We are waiting for the film to be screened in the next month.
Please do not be fooled by the ransom note or by its false claims.”
The Gambascutes release date was announced on Facebook, and the ransom was said to be in the region of $100,000.
A spokesperson for the group said they were not involved in the ransom and were unaware of the circumstances surrounding the release.
The director, Suryakant Kumar, said he was unaware of what had happened to the film and that it was being distributed by the film festival.
“Gambasaheb Ambedkar was kidnapped by a group in 1984, and I’m sure that the film will be released soon,” he said.
The ‘Sutra Gang’ also claimed responsibility for the murder of the actor-director Ambedar in the city of Bengaluru in May last year.
The Kerala-based film festival, the Bengal Film Festival, announced a ban on ‘Suta Sutra’ after the film was made.
“It’s a pity that the filmmaker who worked so hard to bring his film to the festival, is being kidnapped and murdered by people who have no right to take it,” said the festival in a statement.
“We are not sure what happened to Gonda Sutras film.
We will hold the police and police officials to account.
The festival has cancelled all film screenings and screenings of films from now on,” the festival said.
Gonda’s release is not the first time a movie has been released in India, with other releases in the past.
In 2015, a film about the late Indian filmmaker and poet, Keshav Prakash, was published by the Indian Film Society of America (IFSA).
It was the first Indian film to appear in the U.S. and earned a total of $5,000 in prizes.
In February 2018, another film, ‘Gambasta’ was released by the independent Indian Film Council (IGC), with the release also being attended by actor and singer Salman Khan and director Deepika Padukone.