Aarakshan, a socio-political drama that deals with the issue of caste-based reservation in the Indian educational system, has been banned in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Andhra Pradesh. It also faces the danger of being banned in other states while it awaits a Supreme Court of India verdict on the prohibitions in the said states.
Mulayam Singh Yadav, the former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh will be the one among many to watch the movie. He was quoted by CNN-IBN as saying, "The movie should be banned only after seeing it. I will watch the movie for Amitabh Bachchan."
Senior BJP leader and MP Ram Jethmalani was also quoted as saying that he only watches the movies that create controversies. He said, "I am an alcoholic supporter of freedom of expression."
But there are still some who do not quite appreciate the thought of watching the movie and among them is former Bihar Chief Minister and RJD Supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav. He was quoted as saying, "Prakash Jha and Amitabh Bachchan are India's most unpopular artists and SC/ST is under our constitution and they disobeyed it. Strike action should be taken against them. If this kind of a film is shown in public, it creates problem in the country."
It can be recalled that the former railway minister has been lashing out Amitabh Bachchan since the legendary actor praised the developmental works carried out by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in the state of Bihar.