Censors pass Aarakshan with U/A certificate

MUMBAI: The Censor Board has cleared Prakash Jha‘s Amitabh Bachchan starrer Aarakshan with a U/A certificate.

The certificate was awarded after an examining committee, set up with representatives from the Dalit, OBC, SC and ST community, reviewed the movie, said an I&B Ministry official, adding, "they unanimously agreed to clear it."

Member of Central Board of Film Certification Pankaj Sharma was the chairperson of the examining committee that included nine members and two officials. Retired Justice Mukul Mudgal, chairperson of Censor Board Leela Samson, Dalit activist Rajni Tilak were expert committee members who came from Delhi. The examining committee consisted of members drawn from scheduled caste, scheduled tribes and other backward castes.

The film was embroiled in controversy after the National Commission for Minorities and National Commission of Scheduled Castes and Dalit bodies had sought a special screening to confirm the film did not misinterpret the constitutional provision for reservations of the socially backward classes.

The film that releases on 12 August and also stars Amitabh Bachchan, Saif Ali Khan and Deepika Padukone is a drama based on the policies of caste-based reservation system in educational institutions and government jobs.

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