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No reason for Aaja Nachle to be banned: Sharmila Tagore
December 01, 2007 16:08 IST
As the Madhuri Dixit [Images] starrer Aaja Nachle ran into trouble over some questionable lyrics, Censor Board Chief Sharmila Tagore on Saturday said that she was ready to apologise if the sentiments of any community were hurt but stressed there was no reason for the film to be banned.
"The music of the film has been in the market for a long time now, but nobody had registered any complaints. The line has been taken out of context. My committee, which had reviewed the film, had seen it as a profession-based remark and not a caste-based slight or insult," said Tagore.
She said the lyrics to which objections have been raised were meant in a light-hearted manner. It was felt they could not offend anyone.
"Nevertheless, if somebody has been offended and if any particular community has been hurt, then we are prepared to apologise," she said.
Tagore admitted that the line in question, which has been criticised as being insulting to Dalits, was 'slightly overlooked and some miscalculation was made.'
She expressed hope that the controversy will not blow up into a stir.
Tagore welcomed the decision by the filmmakers to voluntarily withdraw the line.
"The state government can ban a film if it creates a law and order problem. But I don't see any reason for any government to ban the film because the questionable line has been removed and I saw the movie myself in a theatre in Mumbai and there was no problem and there were no spontaneous protests anywhere in the country," she said.