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Karnataka Government Bans Release Of Annu Kapoor-Starrer 'Hamare Baarah' Movie Citing Potential Communal Tension

Swarajya Staff

Jun 07, 2024, 02:11 PM | Updated 02:11 PM IST

Poster of movie 'Hamare Baarah' (Pic Via Twitter)
Poster of movie 'Hamare Baarah' (Pic Via Twitter)

The Karnataka Government has imposed a ban on the release or broadcast of the film 'Hamare Baarah' for a period of two weeks or until further notice, under sections of the Karnataka Cinemas (Regulation) Act, 1964.

The Congress government in the state alleged that the release of 'Hamare Baarah' would create communal tension in the state.

The ban on Annu Kapoor-starrer movie in Karnataka follows a review of the film's content, including its trailer, and the consideration of requests from various minority organizations and delegations by the state authorities, news agency ANI reported.

'Hamare Baarah' has faced legal challenges beyond Karnataka as well.

Two days before the film's scheduled release on 7 June, the Bombay High Court had imposed a stay order till 14 June after a petition filed by religious community activists challenged the film's release.

However, the Bombay HC, during an evening hearing on Thursday, lifted the injunction on the film's release.

The Court has directed the formation of a committee comprising three members, including at least one Muslim member, to watch the movie and submit their report.

Meanwhile, the film is permitted to be released in theatres on June 7, with the first show slated to be screened at 10:00 am. The court took note of the removal of certain dialogues and the film's certification process, news agency ANI reported, citing court documents. 

'Hamare Baarah', which explores the theme of overpopulation, has garnered attention for its bold narrative and thought-provoking themes.

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