Gowariker, UTV welcome lifting of ban on Jodhaa Akbar in MP

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Mumbai, Feb 27 (UNI) Filmmaker Ashutosh Gowariker has welcomed the verdict of Madhya Pradesh High Court clearing his epic romance ''Jodhaa Akbar'' for screening.

Speaking on the issue, Mr Gowariker hailed the court's verdict with relief. He said, ''The film portrays love between two cultures and religions through a marriage of alliance between a Mughal emperor and a Rajput princess. This is an alliance that took place 450 years ago; an alliance that we need to respect, admire and learn from even today.'' The filmmaker also added that a disclaimer has been inserted at the start of the film, mentioning it as a work of fiction.

Earlier this week, distributors of the film decided to take legal action against MP Government's ban on the movie. MP Government had banned Jodhaa Akbar on grounds that it wanted to avoid major Law and order problem over its screening.

Mr Siddharth Roy Kapur, Director of UTV Motion pictures, who is the Co-producer and Distributor of the film said, ''Madhya Pradesh High Court has ruled in favour of UTV and we are commencing the screening of Jodhaa Akbar immediately across the state. This is a huge boost to all advocates of creative freedom in our country and we are very grateful to the court for recognising the validity of our stand and allowing Jodhaa Akbar to resume screenings.'' UNI MR DB SB DS1350

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