Last Update: January 25, 2023, 23:50 IST
Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Narottam Mishra, among the first politicians to raise objections against Bollywood There is no point in protesting the Shah Rukh Khan starrer any longer, as the censor board has already “taken care” of the controversial words over some scenes in the film “Pathan”, he said on Wednesday.
Some right-wing organizations protested against the film in parts of Madhya Pradesh on Wednesday over certain scenes, forcing some cinema halls in Indore and Bhopal to cancel morning shows.
He said, “I believe all corrections have been made in it (the film). The censor board has made corrections. The controversial words have been removed. So, I don’t see any point in protesting now.”
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) minister said that those opposing the film would be counselled.
Mishra had last month objected to actress Deepika Padukone’s outfit in a song for the much-awaited film ‘Besharam Rang’. He was the first to object to the use of saffron costumes in the song.
The minister had earlier objected to certain content in some other films and web series, seeking to protect Indian culture and traditions.
Earlier this month, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while speaking at a BJP convention in New Delhi, advised party workers to refrain from making unnecessary comments on irrelevant issues like films.
When asked about the PM’s remarks made at the BJP’s national executive meeting, Mishra had said, “No one was named, but his (PM Modi’s) every word, sentence is important to us.” And so all the workers have taken inspiration from there. Our conduct and behavior has always been full of his guidance and energy and will continue to be so in the future as well.
In July last year, the home minister directed officials to register an FIR (First Information Report) over a controversial poster of filmmaker Leena Manimekalai’s documentary ‘Kaali’.
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