Cine Association demands withdrawal of ban on Jodha Akbar

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Indore, Feb 23 (UNI) The Central Circuit Cine Association (CCCA) -- a body representing film distributors and exhibitors -- has threatened to close cinema houses for an indefinite period if the ban on Ashutosh Govarikar-directed controversial Hindi film 'Jodha-Akbar' is not withdrawn.

In a statement issued here after emergency meeting of the body yesterday, CCCA secretary Jitendra Jain said the film had been cleared by the Censor Board and if anybody had any objection, he could approach court.

Under such circumstances, vandalism in cinema houses and banning of the film by the Madhya Pradesh government was beyond understanding.

He claimed that no other State had banned the movie and on the contrary had provided security to the cinema houses screening it.

Mr Jain said no attention was paid to the problems related to film industry despite memorandums being submitted from time to time.

On the other hand, banning a movie produced after huge investments cripple the film industry.

Film distributors Govind Acharya, Ramesh Sureka and Aditya Choukse criticised the ban and demanded that it should be lifted.

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