Prakash Jha’s Aarakshan managed to create the right noises in the Assembly on Friday. Nationalist Congress Party legislator Jeetendra Awhad raised this matter in the assembly, following which speaker Dilip Walse Patil asked the home minister to make a statement.
Home minister RR Patil announced that the government would ask the film’s producers to hold special screenings for all those, including legislators, who have reservations against the subject of caste-based quota as portrayed in the film.
Patil hoped that this would help avoid any law and order problem after film’s release.
The film is due for release on August 12, but it has already seen widespread protests across the political spectrum.
Public works minister and senior NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal, and Republican Party of India president Ramdas Athwale have threatened to stall the movie if it is released without their consent. They said the movie is detrimental to the interests of Dalits and others, who avail of caste-based quota in education and jobs.