Indian high court OKs 'Akbar'


NEW DELHI -- India's Supreme Court lifted the ban imposed by the government of the central Indian state of Uttar Pradesh on the film "Jodhaa Akbar," Mumbai-based UTV Motion Pictures said Friday.

"With this order, it is clear that no official bans can be imposed anymore. Except for the state of Rajasthan, where the film didn't open as exhibitors were intimidated (because of) pressure from some protesters, the film is playing everywhere India-wide," UTMP director Siddharth Roy Kapur said in an interview.

An earlier ban imposed by the state of Madhya Pradesh was overturned by a high court in that state.

"Akbar" did not open in the western state of Rajasthan because of protests by a section of that region's Rajput community who claim the film is historically inaccurate.

Directed by Ashutosh Gowariker, the $10 million film revolves around 16th century Mughal emperor Akbar and his Hindu Rajput wife, Jodhaa. It has already earned more than $25 million worldwide.