Film-maker Mukesh Modi releasing “Political War” in US following Indian Censor Board rejection 

Poster for release of Political War in US. PHOTO: Courtesy Mukesh Modi

The Hindi film “Political War,” produced by Mukesh Modi under the banner of Indie Films Inc., (, will be released February 23, 2024, in theaters in US followed by a OTT release, after  its rejection by the Central Board of Film Certification, India.

In a press release, Modi, a Mumbai-born filmmaker based in the US, expressed his determination to go ahead and release the film outside India.

“My aim is to make films that create awareness and provide solutions,” Modi is quoted saying in the press release.

Inspired by Bollywood, Modi moved to Los Angeles to “master the craft” of film making, his first film, The Elevator, being sold to Amazon, which he said “is doing well” on the OTT platform.

He said while he was affected by the Indian censors’ decision, he would go forward. “Of course I am hurt. But I believe in doing my good karma and leaving the rest to God. I have made tremendous sacrifices, both personal and financial, to make this film.”

The rejection by the Indian censor board poses significant challenges, he said, including hampering domestic distribution in India, “he sees the global release as an opportunity to reach a broader audience, albeit with plans to revisit and resubmit the film for approval in India,” the press release noted.

“My opinion is that, the board should suggest what needs to be altered in a film. However, just rejecting a film doesn’t make sense. They need to look into this,” he asserted.

Modi said he is passionate about making films which have a message beyond just storytelling. He aims to guide audiences towards positive action, emphasizing the importance of proactive measures in safeguarding societal values and cohesion, he said. “It is easy to make films on history or what has already happened. However, my aim is to make films that give a solution. And, Political War does that. It offers a way out for the audience.”

Cinema, according to Modi, serves as a potent tool for societal change, advocating for content that uplifts and unites. “I urge fellow filmmakers to harness the medium’s transformative potential by promoting positive messages and solutions to prevalent issues.”

The film “Political War” aims to instill a message of unity and resilience, cautioning against divisive politics fueled by religion and caste.

Cast of the film “Political War” from left,Prashant Narayanan, Rituparna Sengupta, and Jiten Mukhi
pose with producer Mukesh Modi, right. PHOTO: Courtesy Mukesh Modi

“Today, unfortunately we are surrounded by people who are taking advantage of religion and caste biases. I want people to open their eyes and see the impact of religion bias. You have to be one, you can’t let anyone divide you,” Modi said. He describes the film as a “mission which we need to make sure is completed.” His objectives revolve around motivating citizens to vote, make them aware of “dirty politics” and expose external forces he says who want to destroy India, and highlight that India believes in Unity in Diversity and the Universe is One Family.

Sneha Gupta. PHOTO: Courtesy Mukesh Modi

Beyond Political War, Modi ventures into diverse genres with upcoming projects like Torn, a psychological thriller featuring Alfonso Freeman, son of Hollywood legend Morgan Freeman.

His short English film, Bride of Zambai, is streaming on Indie Films World, and his also has a mini Web Series, “Thugs of Arms.”

Modi is also planning the Indie Film Festival Awards, a film festival for independent filmmakers. “IFFA will support Indie Filmmakers in distribution (of) their films, and release their contents on Indie Films World Streaming platform. To reach the Contents Acquisition Team, contact



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