Prakash Jha can now breathe a sigh of relief as his film Aarakshan got a clean chit from the Punjab and Andhra Pradesh Governments today. The shows of the films have started from 12pm today.
A special committee was set up by both the governments to see if there was anything objectionable in the film. The film was really appreciated by both the committees and has been passed by them for release with very minor changes.
The film has been appreciated and cleared by the Andhra Pradesh Film Development Commission and by the committee set up by the AP Government.
Prakash Jha, "It is a relief that the film is finally going to release in Andhra Pradesh and Punjab. I'm overwhelmed by the show of support from the common citizens of India, who are going to watch the film. It is reassuring to know that the right to Freedom of Expression is the real right for every Indian citizen. We are working towards getting the film released in Uttar Pradesh as well."
The Supreme Court however has re-scheduled the hearing of Jha's petition for lifting the ban on his movie in Uttar Pradesh for Tuesday. The U.P. Government had banned the film's release for two months fearing strong public reaction to the anti-Dalit comments in the plot.
Prakash Jha had appealed in Supreme Court to stall the ban on the film. The petition was in process but the hearing has been postponed till Tuesday.
Jha is hoping to get a favorable response and decision from the Supreme Court as it makes a difference to the business of the film in Uttar Pradesh, a territory where Jha's films do well.