Nepal court lifts ban on Adipurush, Kathmandu mayor calls court ‘slave of India’ | Bollywood - Hindustan Times

As Nepal court lifts ban on Adipurush, Kathmandu mayor calls it ‘slave of India’; vows to defy order

Jun 22, 2023 09:20 PM IST

Even as a Nepal court lifted ban on Adipurush, Kathmandu mayor was bent on keeping it away from the screens. A line from film on Sita caused the controversy.

A Nepal court on Thursday lifted the ban on Hindi films, including Prabhas-starrer Adipurush, asking authorities not to halt the screening of any movie passed by the country's censor board.

Kriti Sanon as Janaki in Om Raut's magnum opus Adipurush.
Kriti Sanon as Janaki in Om Raut's magnum opus Adipurush.

A dialogue of Adipurush, in which Sita is mentioned as "India's daughter", had led to the ban on all Hindi films, which was announced by Kathmandu Mayor Balendra Shah.

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Shah on Thursday said he is ready to face any punishment but will not allow the film's screening as the matter pertains to "Nepal’s sovereignty and independence".

A single bench of the Patan High Court judge Dhir Bahadur Chand issued a short term order, stating that the screening of films that have acquired permission from the censor board should not be stopped.

Bhaskar Dhungana, president of the Nepal Motion Picture Association, told media persons that the petitioners are waiting for a written order from the court.

"Now we will screen all movies passed by the censor board," he said.

Adipurush and other Hindi films were banned in Nepal on Monday following a controversy over its dialogues, including the mention of Sita (played by Kriti Sanon) as "India's daughter". Sita, also referred to as Janaki, is believed by many to have been born in Janakpur in southeast Nepal.

In a Facebook post, Shah said that he would not "abide by the court’s order".

"The film's writer said that Nepal was under India, this clearly shows India’s ill intention. To term this as a stunt by the Nepal government and to issue an order by the court in favour of screening the movie means, to accept that Nepal was once under India’s rule, the court and the government are both the slaves of India,” he said in the post.

"I am ready to face any punishment for this but the movie won't work and won't be allowed to run," he added.

Following Kathmandu Mayor’s decision to ban Adipurush in Kathmandu, Dharan Mayor Harka Sampang and Pokhara Mayor also followed the suit, which ultimately led to halting of the screening of "Adipurush" across Nepal.

Produced by T-Series, Retrophiles and UV Creations, the film also stars Saif Ali Khan, Sunny Singh and Devdatta Nage.

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