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PK row: Maha CM says no need for probe; film shows to continue

“There will be no inquiry. Shows of PK will continue all over Maharashtra and we will provide necessary protection to ensure smooth screening of the film,” he told reporters.

Amid protests by right-wing groups demanding a ban on the movie, which takes a swipe at Hindu gods, godmen and superstition, Maharashtra’s Minister of State for Home Ram Shinde had said on Tuesday that he had asked police to probe contents of the film.

“Shows of PK won’t be stopped. PK will continue to be screened in Maharashtra,” Fadnavis said following reports that some theatres had cancelled the shows under threat from right wing groups like Bajrang Dal and Vishwa Hindu Parishad.

With protests spreading to several states, the film’s director Rajkumar Hirani had said on Tuesday he had no intention to hurt anyone’s sentiments and maintained that the film upholds the true spirit of religion while condemning “only the abuse” of it.

“I’m deeply saddened and concerned about the protests by some groups against our film ‘PK’. On behalf of the entire team of ‘PK’, I would like to clarify that we respect all religions and faiths,”
the 52-year-old celebrated film director had said, in a statement.

PK tax free in Uttar Pradesh
Amidst row and demonstrations over Aamir Khan-starrer ‘PK’, the Uttar Pradesh government has decided to exempt the movie from entertainment tax. “Chief Minister Akilesh Yadav has watched the movie and has directed that such films should be exempted from the entertainment tax,” a senior officer said here. The portrayal of Hindu sentiments in the movie has evoked criticism across the state.

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