Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh and Punjab government Wednesday late evening ordered a ban on Prakash Jha multi-starrer ‘Aarakshan’ across the state saying some dialogues in the film were provocative and could incite violence.
The Shiromani Akali Dal-BJP government said the ban will remain in force till screening committee constituted by the state previews the movie and submits its report.
"The decision to ban the film was taken after prolonged discussion and debate on the movie after is was viewed by a high level committee of top officials of the state," said an official press release issued late night here.
The release said, "After due deliberations, the high level committee came to the conclusion that several exchange of dialogues between different characters in the film were quite provocating and could incite civil disorder and violence."
Elaborating, it added, "Some of the dialogues were potentially so dangerous that they could even provoke a person to commit some crime; hence in the larger interest of maintenance of law and order, peace and tranquility, the decision to ban the film."
The ban will remain in effect until further orders, the order states.
"Since the film theme deals with a sensitive subject like reservation on which there has been a lot of controversy, together with cases of violence, both in favour and against the issue, it was found best not to allow exhibition of the movie," it said.
The film stars Amitabh Bachchan, Saif Ali Khan and Deepika Padukone.