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Mallika Sarabhai comes to Aamir Khan's rescue

"The banning of Fanaa in Gujarat by BJP Yuva Morcha is nothing but murder of demoracy," observed the danseuse and theater artist.

india Updated: May 29, 2006 14:27 IST

The banning of Aamir Khan starrer Fanaa  in Gujarat by BJP Yuva Morcha was nothing but murder of demoracy, noted danseuse and theater artist Mallika Sarabhai said on Sunday.

Talking to media, during the inauguration of a store, Mallika said Hinduism and democracy both have advocated the freedom of speech and expression, and 'suffocating anyone's voice or opinion is not Hinduism'.

"Hinduism's core preaching and teaching is based on debate and the very essence of such debates have created invabluable granths  like Vedantas, Bhagwad Geetha and others which keep the religion intact from outer attacks or impurity, she said, adding that preventing Amir Khan's expression only mirrored rising intolerance in Hinduism which could weaken the very fabric of Indian democracy.

Aamir Khan's involvement and comments on the Sardar Sarovar Dam issue had invited the wrath of Gujarat's polity resulting in his film facing opposition.

The movie 'Fanaa' has been banned by the Gujarat Multiplex Owners Assocation (GMOA) in all the multiplexes of the state.

GMOA took the decision in protest against the star's support to Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) chief Medha Patkar on Narmada issue, which is lifeline project of Gujarat.

The movie Fanaa  was supposed to be screened at all the 22 multiplexes of Gujarat.

Khan plays the lead role in the film with Kajol. The film has been directed by Kunal Kohli.

Khan has been facing opposition from Gujarati people following his support to Narmada Abhiyan leaders in April. Congress and BJP workers attacked a cinema house showing Aamir Khan's movie Rang De Basanti in Vadodara and forced authorities to suspend the show.

The demonstration spread to other parts of Gujarat. Effigies of the actor and Ms Patkar were burnt. The cinema theatre owners in most parts of the State have suspended Aamir Khan's films apprehending disturbances last month.