Bollywood actor Ranbir Kapoor says it is "unfortunate" that his upcoming movie "Anjaana Anjaani" is releasing Sep 24 - the day when the verdict in the 51-year-old Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid legal dispute will be pronounced.
"Unfortunately our film is coming on that same date. I wish the film wouldn't have been releasing on Sep 24 because that day we need to seek harmony in our country and live with peace," Ranbir told reporters here.
The 16th century Babri Mosque was demolished by Hindu mobs Dec 6, 1992, following rival claims by Hindu and Muslim groups. The incident triggered communal violence leaving thousands dead across India.
Now Uttar Pradesh is fearing a repeat of communal violence post the verdict, to be announced by a special bench of the Allahabad High Court. The state has already sought 35,000 paramilitary personnel for security duty from the central government.
The 27-year-old actor hopes the proceedings are peaceful.
"It is a very important issue. As a citizen of our country, I wish the energies of our hearts, minds and souls are (directed) towards that. I hope nothing goes unruly and everything goes in peace," he said.
Ranbir, who was here to promote "Anjaana Anjaani" with co-star Priyanka Chopra, says he would have postponed the movie release if it were in his hands.
"Postponing the movie is not in my hands. A lot of people are involved now - producers, distributors and exhibitors. A lot of money is involved. It is really unfortunate that a film is releasing on a day like this when we should not celebrate. If I had my way, I would have postponed it."
"Anjaana Anjaani" is a love story about two strangers who meet on a bridge while they are about to commit suicide, and fall for each other. It has been directed by Siddharth Anand.