SC/ST commission asks Censor Board to defer 'Aarakshan' release
Updated Aug 10, 2011 at 02:57pm IST
New Delhi: The National Commission for Scheduled Caste and Scheduled
Tribes has asked the Censor Board to defer the release of Prakash
Jha's contentious film Aarakshan saying it will create communal
disharmony. The NCSCST also said some dialogues and sequences in the
movie are objectionable.
The commission will be meeting later on Wednesday to decide on the
fate of the film. Sources have told CNN-IBN that the commission is
likely to give its go-ahead to the film after suggesting a few
changes. But censor board chief Leela Samson said Aarakshan has been
Samson said that there was no question of delaying its release. The
commission had earlier expressed its reservations about the movie as
it was believed to be anti-Dalit. Sources also said the SC/ST
commission will suggest deleting scenes in the movie which they find
Meanwhile, senior Maharashtra minister and OBC leader Chaggan Bhujbal
expressed objection to certain scenes and dialogues in Aarakshan.
"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 the director here last night. A
final decision on the issue would be announced Wednesday after
discussing it with leaders of other parties, he said.
Maharashtra minister Shivajirao Moghe and Varsha Gaikwad were present
at the screening held in a South Mumbai theatre. The film, starring
Amitabh Bachchan, Saif Ali Khan, Manoj Bajpai, Deepika Padukone and
Prateik Babbar among others in pivotal roles, has kicked up a
controversy for its alleged anti-reservation stand. It is set to hit
the screens this Friday.
The Bombay High Court has already cleared the release of the movie,
rejecting a demand for the special screening before its release.
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