Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das on Saturday stepped in to ban the film MSG-2, which had been released on Friday.
In a short statement released by the government, Das said that the film offended the sensibilities of his adivasi brother and sisters and that he would not let anyone to do that.
The film had had a limited release in Ranchi, with at least one scheduled screening at a multiplex per day.
The release of the trailer – which has since garnered 4.8 million views on YouTube – had caused disconcertment among adivasis of the state. The High Court had on Friday issued notices to the government and the filmmakers after a PIL seeking the film’s ban was filed before it.
The trailer makes it clear that the Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh intends to focus his attentions on adivasis. It’s description on YouTube goes, “Where the first movie portrayed him as a social reformer….and so much more, the sequel focuses more on his zest to transform the lives of tribals.”
“Watch the awesome trailer and you will find MSG as a true humanitarian warrior fighting against the wild and primitive lifestyle of tribals and succeeding in turning them into civilized human beings,” the description continues.
The trailer has Singh beating up individuals dressed up to look like tribals, but in stereotypical fashion. “You have made a grave mistake coming to an adivasi area. These people are neither human beings nor animals. They are the devil,” a character tells Singh at one point. “I have come to concert these devils to human. I will give up my life for this,” he replies.