Ahead of the release of Prakash Jha's controversial film Aarakshan, the Andhra Pradesh government today temporarily banned its screening in the state.
The government in its order said that the film may hurt the sentiments of weaker sections. The film has attracted opposition for its alleged anti-reservation stance.
Uttar Pradesh and Punjab have already banned the film, which is slated to hit theatres tomorrow.
"In view of the representations received in the matter, as the exhibition of the film is likely to hurt the feelings of weaker sections, lead to protests and agitations, leading to breach of the peace and tranquillity in the State, it is hereby decided to suspend the exhibition of the Hindi film Aarakshan initially for a period of one week, or till a final decision is taken on the report of the Committee constituted for the purpose, whichever is earlier," the order said.
The decision of a temporary ban was taken after the government received a representation from Andhra Pradesh Scheduled Kulala Shamikshama Sangam, Hyderabad, and Andhra Pradesh Ambedkar Yujuna Sangam, seeking suspension of the exhibition of the film.
The government had earlier asked the Commissioner, Information and Public Relations, to examine the matter and submit a report. Today's order was issued based on the report.
The government has constituted a committee which would watch the film and make a report at the earliest.