Aarakshan row: Supreme Court to hear Jha's plea on Tuesday

Aarakshan row: Supreme Court to hear Jha's plea on Tuesday
The Supreme Court will hear producer-director Prakash Jha's plea to lift the ban on Aarakshan imposed by three states on Tuesday, August 16.

The film has released in other states.

Prakash Jha had moved the Supreme Court seeking its direction to lift the ban imposed on the release of his film in Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh.

"One is always hopeful, we were taking a chance. We tried our best, court also cooperated with us, court ran out of time. It is on the general list on Tuesday. Film has successfully run throughout the country except for the three states. No case of untoward incident anywhere. Whatever will happen, will happen Every territory is important. It is more important that people are able to enjoy it  Supreme Court should allow the film to be released in all states," Jha told reporters in New Delhi.

After Uttar Pradesh, the release of the film was banned in Punjab and Andhra Pradesh yesterday over certain controversial scenes and dialogues, which the director said he is ready to delete.

The Uttar Pradesh government had on August 10 banned the film for two months citing law and order problem.

The ban imposed by Punjab government will be in force till a screening committee constituted by it previews the movie and submits its report. The government feared that some scenes and dialogues in the film may trigger trouble.

Hours after the ban in Punjab was announced, the Andhra Pradesh government decided to suspend the exhibition of the film initially for a period of one week, or till a final decision is taken on the report of the Committee constituted for the purpose, whichever is earlier.

The Andhra Pradesh government cited the likelihood of the film hurting the feelings of weaker sections that could lead to protests and agitations and breach of the peace and tranquility in the State for suspending the film for a week. (With PTI inputs)