Friday, August 12, 2011

[ZESTCaste] AP takes a cue from UP, bans Aarakshan

Andhra Pradesh
AP takes a cue from UP, bans Aarakshan
indianexpress Express News Service , The New Indian Express
Posted on Aug 12, 2011 at 12:24pm IST

NEW DELHI: After Uttar Pradesh and Punjab, the Andhra Pradesh
government on Thursday banned Prakash Jha's film Aarakshan
(reservation) on the eve of its release over certain controversial
scenes and dialogues.

The ban will remain in force for a week or till the government takes a
final decision on the matter. The government has constituted a
five-member screening committee, headed by Principal Secretary (Social
Welfare Department), to preview the movie and submit a report based on
which it will take a final call.

The Commissioner of Information and Public Relations will be the
member-convenor of the committee which has retired IAS officer T Gopal
Rao, Andhra Pradesh Film Development Corporation former chairman Adi
Seshagiri and a representative of SC, ST and BC organisations as its

The decision to ban the movie starring Amitabh Bachchan, Saif Ali Khan
and Deepika Padukone was taken after organisations like the Andhra
Pradesh SC Welfare Association and Andhra Pradesh Ambedkar Yuvajana
Sangham urged the government to suspend exhibition of the film
claiming it is likely to hurt the sentiments of SC, ST and BC
communities. Following their representation, the chief secretary had
asked the Commissioner of Information and Public Relations to submit a
report. In his report, the Commissioner reportedly expressed
apprehensions that Aarakhshan did contain scenes/dialogues which may
cause trouble. The Home Department too concurred and accordingly, the
government decided to stay the film's release.


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