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No screening Aarakshan for netas: Producer

Barely fours days after home minister RR Patil made a statement that the government would ask the producer of Aarakshan to arrange for a special screening for netas, the producer responded saying he has no such plans.

mumbai Updated: Aug 04, 2011 01:38 IST
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Barely fours days after home minister RR Patil made a statement that the government would ask the producer of Aarakshan to arrange for a special screening for netas, the producer responded saying he has no such plans.

Advocate Venkatesh Dhond, appearing for film's producer Prakash Jha, informed the Bombay high court on Wednesday that the producer doesn't intend to do so.

The court was hearing a petition filed by two Panvel-based lawyers, who had expressed apprehension over the subject of caste-based reservations in government jobs and educational institutions as portrayed in Jha's film. The petitioners had challenged the release and a revocation of censor board certificate given to the film, following which the court had asked the producers to come clean on the issue.

The petitioners had claimed that the producers are planning to have special screenings for politicians. Following which, the court felt that if exceptions can be made for politicians, then why the same can't be extended to the petitioners.

The judges also cautioned that in case the producers decide to have a screening for politicians, the court will have to take a different view of the matter.

"If they are screening the film for five or 10 politicians, what difference does it make if two more people are added," the judges said.

The case will come up for hearing on Friday.