Mumbai: Ace film director Prakash Jha’s socio-political flick ‘Arakshan’, which is set for release on August 12, may face strong opposition in Mumbai as Republican Party of India (RPI) leader Ramdas Athawale has said that the content of the film is detrimental to the interests of Dalit.

He said, “The promo of Arakshan shows that other castes rule the roost and overshadow Dalits. First, I need to watch the movie otherwise the RPI activists would hinder the release in Mumbai’s cinema halls. ”

Earlier, National SC/ST Commission chairman P L Punia had also put the same demand which was dismissed by Prakash Jha saying that Arakshan has got U/A Certificate by Censor Board.

Directors getting threat before releasing film is not new in Mumbai, but only groups like Shivsena and Maharashtra Navanirman Sena have come so far with such protests.

Earlier, Ram Gopal Varma's Sarkar, Mani Ratnam's Bombay, My name is khan and several other films faced opposition from various reasons.

"We will oppose the film (Aarakshan) if its contents are against Dalits and try to paint the upper-castes in good light," Athawale told reporters.

(JPN/Bureau)