On 3 November 2023, a film “UT 69” will be released in theatres. In the movie, Raj Kundra plays the main character and talks about his experiences from his time spent in prison. The film is directed by Shahnawaz Ali and produced by SVS Studios.
|Release Date||3 November 2023|
|Starring By||Raj Kundra|
|Directed By||Shahnawaz Ali|
|Produced By||SVS Studios & The Bigger Picture Films|
Raj Kundra is a British-Indian businessman, who is currently an actor, the husband of Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty was arrested in July 2021 for operating a pornography racket and spent two months in jail. After being imprisoned for over two months in July 2021 by the Mumbai Police on suspicion of his involvement in the production and distribution of pornographic films. He has made a film “UT 69” on his biography. With the release of the teaser for his debut film, ‘UT 69,’ Raj Kundra finally made his face visible over two years after he first appeared. The film tells the story of his time spent in Mumbai’s Arthur Road jail.
In a movie based on his arrest for a pornographic case and his stay in Arthur Road jail, Raj Kundra plays the lead role. “UT-69” is based on real-life experiences. The film is about the 63 days in prison, from the day he entered through the red gate to the day he was released, are the subject of the movie.
During the trailer releasing press conference, Raj Kundra said that, “When you bring a British citizen to the jail, everything becomes funny — the way you’re given your food, watered down dal, the place to stay, it was tough. Even when I was writing it, I was wondering how did we reach here.”
He continued to say, “There are real people inside, Arthur Road is not a jail, it is like a detention centre where you are sent just so that no one can tamper with witness statements and police can carry out their questioning. You come out of there and then face your trial. In a detention centre, they treat you worse than criminals, you are just accused, so that I didn’t like but now our message is loud and clear that definitely reforms are needed.”
Raj also elaborated on how, while he was in prison, he made friends with a few inmates who were “decent” to converse to. “You become a kind of dysfunctional family. The man who was sleeping to my right was accused of 88 murders, and the one sleeping to my left was accused to child rape. There were quite creepy people around, but I was given a couple of jawabdars (influential inmates appointed by the jail authorities to take care of the barrack) who would keep an eye on me. I was told not to talk to anyone there and nobody will talk to me. I felt I would be out in a week or so, so it wouldn’t be a big deal, I had not imagined that I would end up being there for 63 days.”