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Aarakshan row: SC to hear Jha's petition on Tuesday

August 12, 2011 - New Delhi

The Supreme court will hear director Prakash Jha's petition to lift the ban on his latest release 'Aarakshan' (Reservation) on Tuesday.

Jha, however, expressed confidence saying that he is optimistic about the release of his film in the whole country, and added that the people are eager to see his film.

Prakash Jha had moved the court after the movie, which is based on quota system in education, was banned in the three states of Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Andhra Pradesh.

Earlier on Thursday, he agreed to edit out some scenes of the movie, which stars Amitabh Bachchan, Saif Ali Khan and Deepika Padukone.

"We have agreed to make minor changes following objections. There are certain dialogues and scenes that have been edited," Jha told mediapersons in Mumbai.

The Mayawati Government had banned the film on Wednesday citing law and order situation.

The Punjab Government had also imposed a ban on the release of the film following apprehensions that some scenes and dialogues may trigger trouble.

The National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) had earlier forwarded 'some objectionable' dialogues from the movie to the Censor Board to take a call on their inclusion.

The movie, which also stars Prateik Babbar and Manoj Bajpayee, is a socio-political drama based on the controversial policies of caste based reservations in government jobs and educational institutions.

This movie takes on issues about the society and political affairs of India.


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