Wednesday, August 10, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Bombay HC to decide release of “Aarakshan”

08 Aug 2011 09:22:18 PM IST
Bombay HC to decide release of "Aarakshan"
Leela Samson

The Chairperson of Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) Ms.
Leela Samson and Ms.Pankaja Thakur, Chief Executive Officer, CBFC on
Monday held a meeting with the National Commission of SC in context
with the release of the film "Aarakshan".

In the meeting, Dr. P.L. Punia, Chairman of the Commission, said that
50%of India's poor belong to Scheduled Castes and Commission is
committed to protect the rights of these under privileged and do not
want their sentiments to be hurt with the release of this film.

"We want that the film should be screened before the Commission prior
to its release. It is in the interest of all the countrymen
particularly Dalits," Punia said.

"We received a complaint that the film is against the fundamental
right of reservation given to these under privileged. That's why we've
asked the CBFC to screen the film before the Commission. If the NCSC
team finds some portions objectionable then those portions should be
deleted. If the team finds the entire film to be controversial, then
we'll request CBFC not to release the film." Punia told media.

On the other hand, Ms. Leela Samson said that a Writ petition has been
filed to revoke the U/A certificate that the Board has given to the
film and the film can not be screened till the judgement of the High
Court, which is due on 9th August, 2011.

Punia also said that the consequences of such controversy have been
seen in the past and they want to safeguard the interests of the SCs.

We are not challenging the authority of the CBFC that's why we want to
deal only with the statutory body i.e. CBFC and not with the private
Producer or Director. We will work according to the mandate of the
Commission and within the jurisdiction prescribed by law and want to
avoid any form of social tension that may arise with the release of
this film".

The film "Aarakshan" is directed by Prakash Jha starring Amitabh
Bachchan, Saif Ali Khan, Deepika Padukone, Manoj Bajpaye and Prateek

The film is salted to release on August 12, 2011.


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