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Aarakshan in trouble

Patna, Aug. 5: Bollywood film Aarakshan has run into trouble again days before its release.

A complaint case has been filed in the court of the chief judicial magistrate against actor Amitabh Bachchan and director and producer of the film Prakash Jha today. Petitioner Abhitesh Kumar Choudhary alias Abhay Kumar has sought action against the accused under Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe Act.

“The dialogues in the film intend to hurt the sentiments of SC/ST people,” the petitioner, who is also a lawyer, said. He added that the dialogues were provocative as well.

Abhay also said the matter should be referred to a SC/ST police station and an FIR lodged for inciting sentiments of the SC/ST people.

Chief judicial magistrate Ramakant Yadav has fixed August 9 as the date of hearing. The film is scheduled to release on August 12.

Choudhary, also the secretary of Ambedkarwadi Samaj Vikash Parishad, said: “A dialogue of the film — Hum merit par vishwas karte hain, aarakshan par nahin (We depend on merit and not on reservation) — is intended to hurt the sentiments of the SC/ST people. This is a serious issue.”

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