Indian censors derail Da Vinci Code

May 20, 2006 at 7:26 PM
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BOMBAY, May 20 (UPI) -- A fight with censors over disclaimers before and after "The Da Vinci Code" has delayed the release of the controversial film in India, the BBC reported.

The Central Board For Film Certification wanted movie theaters to run a disclaimer saying the film by Hollywood director Ron Howard, based on the best-selling book by Dan Brown, was "a work of pure fiction and has no correspondence to historical facts of the Christian religion" before and after each running.

Sony Pictures, the distributor, declined saying its legal statement in the film's closing credits was all that was necessary.

The statement says the characters and incidents portrayed in the film are fictitious, "and any an similarity to the name, character or history of any person is entirely coincidental and unintentional."

The board had rated the movie "A" for adults and a Mumbai -- the official name for Bombay -- high court had refused to issue a stay preventing the film from being shown.

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