Mayawati govt bans 'Aarakshan' for 2 months in UP
Press Trust Of India
Posted on Aug 10, 2011 at 11:52pm IST
Lucknow/New Delhi: The Mayawati government on Wednesday night banned
the release of Prakash Jha's controversial Hindi film
'Aarakshan'(Reservation) in Uttar Pradesh for two months on the
grounds it would create law and order problem in the state.
A decision to ban the film which is due to hit the screens on Friday
was taken following a recommendation by a high level official
committee set up by the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) government.
The committee comprising Principal secretaries of Finance,
Information, Higher Education and Rural Development departments and an
official of Entertainment tax commttee had watched the Amitabh
Bachchan-Saif Ali Khan starrer and submitted their report to the state
government this evening.
Hours before the UP government imposed the ban, the National
Commission for Scheduled Castes asked the Censor Board to make
necessary changes in the film before its release, objecting to the
"derogatory way" the backward community has been featured in it.
The move by the Commission came after its members watched a special
screening in Delhi.
"The main theme of the movie is about commercialisation of education
followed by several objectionable dialogues gainst people from
backward communities. There is no discussion on reservation in its
second half. We have asked the Censor Board to make necessary changes
in it," NCSC Chairman PL Punia told in Delhi.
Senior Maharashtra minister and OBC leader Chaggan Bhujbal also voiced
objections to certain scenes and dialogues in the film.
"Some scenes and dialogues in the film are objectionable and the film
can be released after deleting them," Bhujbal said after a special
screening of the film was arranged by Jha in Mumbai.
After watching the movie, the official committee felt that its
screening would create law and order problem in UP due to alleged
objectionable dialogue in the film.
"The State exercising its power under the Clause 6(1)of state films
regulation act has banned screening of the film for two months," a
senior official told in Lucknow.
The committee was of the view that the film's dialogues could create
hatred in the society. Also, the highly charged dialogues of the
characters in the film could create an adverse reaction in the
In New Delhi, Punia said the film needs some major revisions and its
release should be deferred keeping in mind the sensibilities of the
backward communities in the country, Punia said.
"The makers of this movie have made a mockery of the judgements passed
by courts and decisions taken by government by using objectionable
dialogues such as 'Aarakshan hamara janamsiddh khairat hai and 50 per
cent mein kya hoga, ab 100 per cent quota le jao'," Punia said.
Asked if the movie is released without recommended cuts, he said, "We
have requested them to make the cuts, our job ends here. We are not
going to fight. Being a Constitutional body it was our responsibility
and under Article 338, it comes in our purview."
A nine-member team of the Censor Board had given a U/A certificate to
the film without any cuts.
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