Nepal issues new regulations after 'Chandni Chowk to China'
Observers are concerned over the deteriorating Nepal-India relations as Nepal’s Ministry of Information and Communication issued new regulations for screening of national and international movies in the country, according to media reports Tuesday, Feb 3, 2009. The new regulations come after the country-wide protests against a Bollywood film ‘Chandni Chowk to China’ featuring Akshay Kumar and Deepika Padukone. In fact, the controversy marred the relations between India and Nepal.
According to the new guidelines, producers or distributors must take permission from the Nepal Film Development Board to screen any film within Nepal. In case of international films, English translation of the film's script should be submitted to the Censor Board and the film can only be screened once it is approved by the Board.
The Nepali government has taken these measures following the release of ‘Chandni Chowk to China’ in Nepal, reports say. The Nepalis were furious over a scene where film’s hero (Akshay Kumar) is described as a man hailing from the birth place of Lord Buddha (India).
However, the fact is that Lord was Buddha was born in Lumbini in Nepal, which is revered by Buddhists all over the world.