A day after the Uttar Pradesh government decided to suspend the screening of Aarakshan till further orders,the governments of Punjab and Andhra Pradesh also banned the release of the film,citing apprehensions that some scenes and dialogues may trigger trouble.
The Shiromani Akali Dal-BJP government in Punjab said the ban would remain in force till a screening committee constituted by the state previews the movie and submits its report.
The Andhra Pradesh government in its order said the film may hurt the sentiments of weaker sections. The decision was taken after the state government received a representation from Andhra Pradesh Scheduled Kulala Shamikshama Sangam and Andhra Pradesh Ambedkar Yujuna Sangam,seeking suspension of the exhibition of the film.
In Bihar too,the RJD demanded a ban on movie.
But in Maharashtra,Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan refused to ban Prakash Jhas film,which is scheduled to be released tomorrow. He asked the Law and Judiciary department of the state government to examine whether there was anything in it that called for a ban.
The issue was raised in the Cabinet meeting on Thursday by Congress ministers Varsha Gaikwad,Naseem Khan,Nitin Raut and NCP minister Ganesh Naik. Home Minister R R Patil said that it was not possible to ban the film as the High Court had already rejected a petition seeking to ban it on grounds that it would create law and order problems.
Meanwhile,RPI leader Ramdas Athawale announced that his party had withdrawn its stir against the film following an interaction with Jha and lead actor Amitabh Bachchan. Athawales decision came a day after OBC leader and PWD minister Chhagan Bhujbal,founder of the Akhil Bharatiya Mahatma Phule Samata Parishad,declared that his outfit would not oppose the film. Bhujbal was among the ministers and MLAs who watched a pre-release show organised by Jha on Tuesday night.
I had a meeting with Prakash Jha and Amitabh Bachchan spoke with me on phone, Athawale said. There are a few objectionable scenes in the movie which Jha has agreed to change. We are satisfied.
The National Commission for Scheduled Castes has said it has forwarded to the Censor Board some objectionable dialogues from the film and requested it to take a call on their inclusion.