What’s a film worth these days without its fair share of controversies?
Arshad Warsi‘s upcoming comedy The Legend of Michael Mishra may be much awaited for fans of the actor as well as the comedy genre in general, but the film has managed to raise a hue and cry among one section of the Indian community, who claim to have been misrepresented in the upcoming film.
The Punjab government has today announced a ban on the film’s screening in the region. According to an official spokesperson:
“The Punjab government has suspended the exhibition of the film with immediate effect for two months and during such suspension, it shall be deemed to be an uncertified film in the state.”
The decision was taken by the authorities keeping in mind, “the prevailing strong resentment among the Valmiki community about some objectionable references to Maharishi Valmiki.” The film has reportedly led to a series of protests in Jalandhar city since last week. On Wednesday, a special preview of the movie was arranged for members of the community. Representatives have stated that they had requested the filmmakers to delete some scenes that the Valmiki community members were not happy about, but the scenes were still retained in the movie with the volume muted.
Inspector General (Intelligence) Gaurav Yadav had reportedly asked the members of the community to watch the film in order to decide if deleting the scenes would be enough to compensate for hurting their sentiments. Officials said that the decision for the ban “was aimed at keeping intact the hard earned peace and social harmony in the state as the screening of this film may invite massive protests.”