Unfreedom (Hindi: Dagh Ujala) is a 2015 Indian drama film by Raj Amit Kumar, which was released in North America on 29 May 2015. Faiz Ahmad Faiz‘s poem, “Ye Dagh Dagh Ujala”, is the inspiration behind the film.
The story revolves around a Muslim fundamentalist in New York who kidnaps a liberal Muslim scholar with an intent to kill, while a closeted lesbian in New Delhi kidnaps her bisexual lover with the intent to love. The resulting torture and violence evokes a brutal struggle of identities against “unfreedom”.
In an interview, Victor Banerjee, one of the film’s stars, condemned the way sex and violence end up being approached with vulgarity in mainstream cinema, but appreciated how Raj Amit Kumar has pushed that envelope in the film as they are essential to the story and screenplay. In India, the Central Board of Film Certification refused to certify the movie for public release in India.