Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav wants Aamir Khan’s PK exempted from entertainment tax in his state while his Maharashtra counterpart, Devendra Fadnavis, ruled out any inquiry into the movie amid the controversy it has triggered for allegedly portraying religious prejudices.
“Those who have not seen the movie should watch it now. I watched it … and felt the movie should be exempted from entertainment tax because of its social message. We have decided to waive the tax,” Yadav said, rebutting the demand by Hindu radical organisations to ban the movie which has grossed more than Rs 200 crore since hitting screens on December 19. Fuming over the tax waiver, hardliners dubbed the UP chief minister “anti-Hindu”.
In Mumbai, Fadnavis ruled out a probe after his junior home minister told reporters he had ordered an inquiry into the film’s content. “There will be no inquiry. Shows of PK will continue all over Maharashtra and we will provide necessary protection,” the CM said.
Activists of Bajrang Dal, VHP and fringe outfits continued protests outside theatres screening PK while Shiv Sena supporters in Ranchi requested Jharkhand chief minister Raghubar Das to ban the film in his state.