'Mumbai Aamcheech' finally set for release

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Kolhapur, Jan 13 (UNI) After a protracted battle with the Censor Board, Marathi film ''Mumbai Aamcheech'' is finally set for release on January 18 across 40 cinema houses in the state.

Film director Sharad Bansode told reporters here today that the film has been produced to create awareness among ''Marathi people about their identity'' and to propound the message, ''Marathi mansa aata taree jaga ho (Marathi man wake up now)''.

However, the Censor Board had objected to the film's portrayal of people from other states residing in Mumbai as ''outsiders''. Such depiction, the Board felt, could lead to a law and order problem.

The matter was taken up in the Delhi tribunal court which found nothing objectionable. Following the court's order, the Censor Board finally gave its nod to the release of the film, Mr Bansode said.

Mr Bansode said the film does not express opposition to people from other states residing in Mumbai, but they should respect the Marathi-born citizens. Marathis should not be deprived of jobs and their rights, too, should not be denied.

Hindi film actress Padmini Kolhapure, Mohan Joshi, Usha Nadkarni, besides Mr Bansode himself have acted in the film.

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