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Haryana follows Punjab in banning Madhuri film (Lead)

Chandigarh, Dec 1 (IANS) The Haryana government Saturday followed Punjab in banning actress Madhuri Dixit's comeback film 'Aaja Nachle' for alleged derogatory references to Dalits in a song.

2007-12-01T19:54:00Z

Chandigarh, Dec 1 (IANS) The Haryana government Saturday followed Punjab in banning actress Madhuri Dixit's comeback film 'Aaja Nachle' for alleged derogatory references to Dalits in a song.

A Haryana government spokesperson said the ban would remain till further orders.

The Punjab government had earlier in the day banned the screening of the film, which was released countrywide Friday, citing maintenance of law and order as the reason.

Minor protests were reported by Dalit activists in Bathinda town in south-west Punjab over the film. The activists went to the Pukhraj cinema hall there and tore posters of the film. The owner of the cinema stopped the film's screening.

In Ludhiana, cinema hall deleted the objectionable portions of the film but continued its screening.

In Punjab Dalits comprise 29 percent of the state's population of nearly 25 million.

The Uttar Pradesh government had Friday imposed a ban on the film, but revoked it Saturday following an apology by producer Yash Chopra who agreed to remove the objectionable parts of the title song's lyrics.

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