With Deshdrohi is a film based on north Indians migrating to Mumbai which has been creating a controversy in the Indian state of Maharashtra,
Lok Janshakti Party leader and Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan questioned the banning of the film in the State despite getting Censor Board clearance: What is the harm in screening the film? It has got clearance from the Censor Board. No other
State has banned it.
The Maharashtra government has imposed a two-month ban on the film fearing backlash from the Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) and others if it was allowed to be released in the present format.
The Maharashtra police had asked the film's writer, producer and actor Kamaal Khan for a separate screening before the film's release.
The MNS has welcomed the ban on the film saying the movie had the potential for to create a law and order problem.
Update: Still Banned
18th November 2008. See article
The Bombay high court on Monday refused to interfere with the state's order suspending the screening of the film.
There was, however, a silver lining for Khan as a division bench of Chief Justice Swatanter Kumar and Justice Sharad Bobde asked principal secretary (home) to give a hearing to the film's producer and pass a fresh order by November 20.