'Akbar' fights Uttar Pradesh ban


NEW DELHI -- Mumbai-based UTV Motion Pictures will appeal the latest ban on its film "Jodhaa Akbar," imposed Saturday by the central Indian state government of Uttar Pradesh.

"Following the revoking of the ban in Madhya Pradesh last week after we appealed in that state's High Court, we are now approaching the Supreme Court to get a blanket ruling to counter any state-level ban," UTVMP director Siddharth Roy Kapur said in an interview.

Directed by Ashutosh Gowariker, "Akbar" has faced opposition from some communities who claim the film is historically inaccurate. The film revolves around 16th century Mughal emperor Akbar and his Hindu Rajput wife, Jodhaa. A section of Rajasthan state's Rajput community was the first to oppose the film, which led to it not being released in that state.

About 55 prints of the film were playing in Uttar Pradesh, which have currently been put on hold, Kapur said. UTV also said that in its first 17 days of release "Akbar" has grossed about $25 million, of which about 65% came from India," he said.