Thursday, August 11, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Now, Punjab bans Aarakshan

Now, Punjab bans Aarakshan, Updated: August 11, 2011 11:17 IST

New Delhi: After UP, the Punjab government has banned the screening
of Aarakshan in the state. The ban will stay until the state
screening committee previews the movie and submits its report.

Last night, the Uttar Pradesh government had banned the
controversy-ridden film. A press release by the government states that
the ban is, indeed, permanent.

The government, headed by Chief Minister Mayawati, wants some
'objectionable' content removed and will allow the screening only
after those scenes have been deleted.

"The decision to ban the film was taken after prolonged discussion and
debate on the movie after is was viewed by a high level committee of
top officials of the state," said an official press release issued
late night here.

The release also said:

"After due deliberations, the high level committee came to the
conclusion that several exchange of dialogues between different
characters in the film were quite provocating and could incite civil
disorder and violence.

"Some of the dialogues were potentially so dangerous that they could
even provoke a person to commit some crime; hence in the larger
interest of maintenance of law and order, peace and tranquility, the
decision to ban the film.

"Since the film theme deals with a sensitive subject like reservation
on which there has been a lot of controversy, together with cases of
violence, both in favour and against the issue, it was found best not
to allow exhibition of the movie," it said.

This radical decision was taken following a special screening held yesterday.

Close on the heels of this controversy, there is also word that three
Maharashtra ministers, namely Nitin Raut, Varsha Gaikwad and Mohammed
Arif Nasim Khan, have written to Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan
asking him not to allow the film to be released in the state.

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