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Petition filed to ban a marathi movie named Dashkriya has been rejected by the Bombay High Court. Bench comprising of Justice SS Shinde and Justice Mangesh S Patil has stated that the the permission to the film has already been granted by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).
The movie is based on the theme of commercialization of after death rituals and is based on novel Dashkriya of Baba Bhand. The brahmin community of the society is supposed to perform these rituals which are the theme of the movie to lead all the rites to earn their living.
The court held that the granting of the certificate to a film does not come under the purview of the Court but it falls under the adjudication of CBFC and Film Certification Appellate Tribunal.
The petition was filed before the HC by some of the members of the brahmin and barber community that the Dashkriya movie is offensive and hurts the sentiments of Brahmin community especially Kirwant Community, It was further contended by the petitioner that depicting the brahmin and barber as a progeny of Shylock is an error on the part of the film producers.
The court has held that an artist has a freedom of expression to express his views in an artistic way which is not prohibited by the law. It also held that to permit and issue certificate to a film is the work of CBFC and the court will work slow in such cases.