The Uttar Pradesh government on Wednesday 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 decision to ban the film was taken after prolonged discussion and debate on the movie after it was viewed by a high level committee of top officials of the state,' said an official press release issued late night in Lucknow.
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 provocative 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 statement revealed.
'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.