Censor Board may screen Aarakshan for SC/ST panel
Headlines Today Bureau | New Delhi, August 8, 2011 | Updated 15:32 IST
Censor Board chairperson Leela Samson on Monday appeared before the
chairman of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled
Tribes P. L. Punia, after a summon over uproar surrounding Prakash
Jha's film Aarakshan.
After the meeting, Punia said that the Censor Board had agreed that it
would screen the movie for the commission, based on the outcome of the
case in the Bombay High Court on Tuesday.
The commission wants to examine whether the film violates the
provisions of the SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act.
Samson said that the board was discussing all the issues with the
commission, but refused to divulge more since the matter was
"The commission has every right to be concerned about a matter of
importance in the country. It has never said it wanted to interfere,"
Samson said, adding, "We don't have any issue in discussing issues
Samson, however, added, "The director is right in saying that he won't
be able to screen the movie for all. He's shown it to the right
people, i.e. us."
Pro-reservationists are up in arms against the film, saying it's
anti-Dalit. The Amitabh Bachchan starrer, which deals with the
sensitive issue of reservation, has been passed by the Censor Board
with a U/A certificate.
Speaking to Headlines Today, Jha had said earlier, "My film has all
mandatory clearances. I'm responsible enough. My judgements should be
The certificate was awarded after an examining committee, set up with
representatives from the Dalit, OBC, SC and ST community, reviewed the
The film also stars Saif Ali Khan, Deepika Padukone, Manoj Bajpayee
and Prateik Babbar.
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