Updated June 7th, 2024 at 12:15 IST

Karnataka Government Bans Release Of Hamare Baarah For Two Weeks Citing Communal Tension

The film, originally scheduled for a nationwide release on June 7, 2024, has been halted under the provisions of the Karnataka Cinemas (Regulation) Act, 1964.

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The Karnataka government has imposed a two-week ban on the release of the controversial film Hamare Baarah, citing concerns that the film could incite communal tension. As per a report by ANI, this ban, in effect until further notice, extends to electronic media, social networking sites, cinema halls, private television channels, and other platforms. The film, originally scheduled for a nationwide release on June 7, 2024, has been halted under the provisions of the Karnataka Cinemas (Regulation) Act, 1964.

Hamare Baarah banned in Karnataka

As per a report by ANI, Karnataka Government has banned the release or broadcast of film Hamare Baarah for two weeks or till the next order. Karnataka government has taken this decision after considering the request of several minority organisations and delegations after watching the trailer. 

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Why did the government ban Hamare Baarah?

The order said several Muslim organisations had appealed to the government not to allow the screening of the movie which portrays Islam in an "instigative and derogatory manner", and giving permission to such a film would lead to hatred between faiths and communities, PTI reported. The organisations said a conspiracy has been going on to target a particular faith, disturb peace and hurt the religious sentiments of Muslims.

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As per Money Control, one petition emphasised that films should promote societal guidance and harmony, not hatred and division, and described the movie as a deliberate attempt to target a specific religion and incite unrest.

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Since its announcement, Hamare Baarah has sparked widespread discussion for its bold narrative addressing overpopulation, a subject rarely explored in Indian cinema. The film, set in Uttar Pradesh and starring Annu Kapoor, Manoj Joshi, and Paritosh Tripathi, delves into the complex issues surrounding population growth.

Producers Birender Bhagat and Ravi S Gupta have expressed concern over the government's decision to stay their film's release despite it having received a censor certificate.

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Published June 7th, 2024 at 08:39 IST