Maharashtra Public Works Department and Tourism Minister Chhagan Bhujbal on Wednesday gave the nod for the release of Prakash Jha's Aarakshan. However, he objected to some scenes from the movie and said it could be released after certain dialogues were edited.
Following a special screening for political leaders at a theatre in South Mumbai on Tuesday evening, some of them held a meeting here on Wednesday. Mr. Bhujbal, senior OBC leader, announced that no protests would be held against the film as Mr. Jha had agreed to change the objectionable scenes.
“After seeing the promos of the film on TV, we thought it was anti-reservation. But our misunderstanding was cleared after we saw the movie. There are some objectionable dialogues in the movie though. We registered our objection to them,” Mr. Bhujbal said.
He said that he had a telephonic conversation with Republican Party of India (RPI) leader Ramdas Athawale who “agreed with our decision not to protest against the movie.”
Social Justice Minister Shivajirao Moghe and Women and Child Development Minister Varsha Gaikwad were present at the special screening.
The Bombay High Court had on Tuesday ruled that there was no need for any special screening of the movie before its release. But Mr. Jha is learnt to have organised the screening to ensure the smooth release of his movie.
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