Thursday, May 25, 2006

Fanaa : Double Trouble

Fanaa (to annihilate the self), is the name of new movie starring Aamir Khan and Kajol, to be released all over India this Friday, May 26. The movie has got into double trouble, already.

In Gujarat, the theatre owners have decided not to screen the movie in any theatre in the state under pressure from the ruling BJP and its youth wing. The reason for the ban of the movie is Aamir Khan has spoken sometime ago for the rehabilitation of the Narmada Dam oustees. When will our politicians learn that all the bans are counter-producitive. Banning of movie or a book does not serve any purpose. People should decide what movie they should watch or what book they should read, and not a handful of people belonging to a particular party. Aamir Khan had every right to voice his opinion as a citizen of the country. People will anway see the movie in the pirated DVDs and CDs. Ban or boycott hardly matters to those who want to see it.

In the city of Mumbai, the owners of multiplex cinema owners have decided not to release the film in the multiplexes as the producers of the film are asking for a larger share of profit. If the producer's demand is met, this would have result in hike of 30 to 50 ruppes in the price of a cinema ticket, which are already in the region of 200 to 300 rupees in the multiplex. The film, however, will be released in the single-screen cinemas all over the city. It seems to me that producers of the film, which is reported to have cost 18 crores of rupees in the making, want to recover their money fast. Nowdays, movies are just a product and is being marketed like one.

Meanwhile, The Code of Da Vinci has been clearned for released, with disclaimer to be shown at the beginning and end of the movie, will be released this Friday in India. But in Sri Lanak, it has been banned from screening following an appeal from the Catholic Bishops Conference.

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