Politicians to watch controversy-ridden ‘Aarakshan’

Last Updated: Aug 13, 2011, 11:47 AM IST

Spicezee Bureau

New Delhi: While several state governments have imposed a ban on Prakash Jha’s ‘Aarakshan’, many politicians seem keen to watch the film nevertheless. All the controversies regarding the film have not only generated an interest amongst the commoners, but MPs have also expressed their desire to watch the film.

The reasons, ofcourse, varied for each of them. When a leading news channel asked politicians if they wished to watch the film on the long weekend, most of them answered in the affirmative.

Congress MP Sanjay Nirupam stated that he was a Prakash Jha fan and has seen all his films. Bengali actress and Trinamool Congress MP Shatabdi Roy wanted to watch the film for Amitabh Bachchan. Controversial lawyer and Rajya Sabha MP Ram Jethmalani gave a cheeky reply and said, “I only watch films that create a controversy. Others are not worthwhile”. Like we said, the reasons were varied.

Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh also wished to watch the film over the weekend even though the film has been banned in his state UP. “Objection should be raised only after watching the film. I will watch it as it has generated lot of controversy, and also for Amitabh Bachchan.”

While some have decided to watch the film, the others have decided to send their party members to watch the film and will rely on a feedback to make a comment on the film.

Former Railway minister Lalu Prasad Yadav showed disinterest over the film and said, “Prakash Jha and Amitabh Bachchan are trying to create disharmony. The government should act against them.” Harsimrat Kaur of Shiromani Akali Dal was of the similar opinion and said, “It is the responsibility of the political leaders to make sure that none of these things are done which hurt the sentiments of any community.” The film was banned initially in Kaur’s state Punjab, but has now been allowed conditional release.

BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi felt that the controversies surrounding the film were helping to promote it commercially.