Mayawati lifts ban on 'Aaja Nachle' after Chopra apology

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Indo-Asian News Service

Lucknow, Dec 1 (IANS) Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati Saturday decided to lift the ban imposed on Madhuri Dixit's comeback film "Aaja Nachle" following an apology by producer Yash Chopra who has also decided to remove the objectionable parts of the title song's lyrics.

Cabinet Secretary Shashank Shekhar Singh told IANS: "We have just received a formal apology from Yash Chopra, who has agreed to not only remove the objectionable portions from the title song but has also assured us that he will not use those lines in any of his future films.

In view of the apology and his assurance, the state government has decided to lift the ban. Movie halls will begin screening the movie by Saturday evening," Singh added.

The state government had Friday banned the screening of the film following objections by Dalit leaders who had alleged that the title song made derogatory insinuations against the community.

Shailesh Khanna, the principal secretary to the chief minister, had Friday said: "The title song contains an objectionable reference to a particular Dalit community. This is against the spirit of the Indian constitution."

"Bazar mein machi hai maramar; bole mochi bhi khud ko sunhar" (There is so much chaos in the market that even a cobbler is calling himself a jeweller) -- was the objectionable line of the title song.

Trouble first erupted when Udit Raj, who heads the Indian Justice Party, Friday led a demonstration in front of a movie hall in New Delhi where the film was being screened.