The movie ‘Aarakshan’ released in the entire country today barring 3 states. The states of Andhra Pradesh, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh have banned the movie. The 3 states feared that the movie which is based on caste based reservation system in India could cause uproar if released.
The director and co-producer of the movie Prakash Jha is miffed with the decision.
"Obviously, we are going to incur losses. We haven't sat down and done any calculations. Whatever will be, will be. Every territory, no matter how small or big, is important. But it is more important that people everywhere are able to see a film and enjoy it fearlessly" Jha said.
The director has decided to make an appeal to the Supreme Court to overrule the ban posed by the 3 state governments.
The director stated that the examining committee of Central Broad for Film Certification (CBFC) had members from Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe and other backward classes had cleared the movie without any cuts. He also added that the 3 states banning the movie were disrespecting the Censor Board.
He stated that the ban was "biased and arbitrary" and also that "open criticism of the government policies and operations is not a ground for imposing restriction on expression views even in the form of films."
He said that he spent Rs. 65 Crores for the movie and the ban is going to affect them.
The movie was 1st banned by Uttar Pradesh on 10th. The governments of Punjab and Andhra followed the suit.
The Punjab government though gave a life line to the director saying that they would release the movie if the director agreed to delete few scenes and dialogues from the movie.
The director though is adamant about the decision and said, “We have a simple demand that our film is released in all the states the way Censor Board passed it.”