BJP cries foul as Karnataka bans Hamare Barah on plea from Muslim outfits


The State Government on Friday banned the screening of the Hindi movie Hamare Barah, which has been released nationwide.The government, in a notification, said it has received representations from many Muslim organisations requesting not to let the movie release in the state as they said it would “create hatred between religions and castes.”

The ban is applicable for two weeks or till further order to all electronic media/ social media/ cinema theatres/ tv channels and other media, according to the government notification.

Hamare Barah, the latest directorial venture of Raanjhanaa-director Kamal Chandra, explores the themes of supposed over-population in the Muslim community, at the risk to women’s health. Couched in feminist themes, the protagonist in the film is a Muslim man who pushes his wife to keep her pregnancy despite a health risk.

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Leader of Opposition R Ashoka slammed the government for the ban, calling it a brazen attempt to muzzle freedom of speech and expression in the state.”By banning the movie, you just promoted it. A sincere thanks for that!” senior BJP leader CN Ashwath Narayan posted on X. “We believe the High Court will revoke this ban order soon.”

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