Shankaracharya Swaroopanand objected to ‘PK’ prior to its release, Censor board member says

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Shankaracharya Swaroopanand Saraswati demanded a CBI probe over how the movie got the censor board certificate, for which a film censor board member on Monday said Swaroopanand had objected to some scenes of Aamir Khan’s ‘PK’ ahead of its release.

Some censor board members on Monday tripped to the ashram of Swaroopanand in Jyoteshwar.

CBFC member Satish Kalyankar said he had hoisted objections but the board’s CEO paid no heed to his concerns.

He informed the reporters that he had sought a meeting to register his objection before the censor board CEO, failing which he conveyed his concerns in writing to him. But the scenes were not removed.

Kalyankar said the movie dishonored the rules, one of which requires that a film should not contain such scenes or dialogues that hurt religious sentiments.
Films can be publicly displayed in India only after they have been certified by the CBFC.
Swaroopanand notified the media some censor board members had asked the movie to be sent for a review again. When their request was ignored, they had also written to the information and broadcasting ministry.

He said the names of the members who had objections to the scenes were left out of the film’s certificate, and there should be a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation CBI into it.
He said many states exempted the movie from paying tax because of ‘vote-bank’ politics.