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Kolkata: The Supreme Court on Friday directed Bengal government to ensure smooth screening of Bengali film Bhobishyoter Bhoot (Ghosts of the Future), which was pulled down from theatres a month ago over its critical tone towards Bengal’s ruling political dispensation.

Bhobishyoter Bhoot, a film directed by Anik Dutta released to packed-theatres on 15 February. It was pulled down from all theatres in Kolkata the very next day following a verbal instruction from the police.

Challenging this, a section from the Bengal film industry, including acre actor Soumitra Chatterjee, hit the streets. Chatterjee wrote an open protest and asked the authorities to make amends.

But as the protests fell onto deaf ears, the producers of the film moved the Supreme Court. They told the apex court that despite being cleared by the Central Board of Film Certification Board, the police in Bengal were pressurising theatre owners to not to screen the film.

Hearing into the petition on Friday, the Court directed the Bengal chief secretary, home secretary and the director general of police to ensure that the film is screened in theatres in Kolkata and rest of Bengal without any hindrance.

Welcoming the order, director Anik Dutta said that steps are underway to put up the film for screening once again but he could not spell out a specific timeframe.

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