Mohalla Assi (transl. The neighbourhood of Assi Ghat; Hindi pronunciation: [moːɦəllaː əssiː]) is a 2018 Indian Hindi-language satirical comedy drama film starring Sunny Deol, 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 Janmabhoomi movement 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.
Sunny Deol as Pandey Ji
Sakshi Tanwar as Savitri
Ravi Kishan as Kanni Guru
Saurabh Shukla as Upadhyay
Mukesh Tiwari as Radheshyam
Rajendra Gupta as Babu Lal Dwivedi
Md. Rahman Jony
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