In a first-of-its-kind event in recent times, the parliamentarians in Rajya Sabha, which is the upper house of the Parliament, will be screened Rajamouli's magnum opus 'Baahubali' on April 1. The MPs will be spectating the first part of the movie. The special event will be arranged by the Rajya Sabha Secretariat Recreation Club.
According to reports, the movie will be screened at the Films Division Auditorium in Mahadev Road, Delhi. The Rajya Sabha Secretariat has said that the move of screening Baahubali to the MPs have come after the suggestion from the Hindi Salahkar Samiti of the Upper House with the aim of encouraging the linguistic exchange among the Hindi speaking and other language-speaking members.
The MPs have been requested to watch the movie on April 1 and it will be screened with English subtitles. The move has come amid the political storm sparked by the movie 'The Kashmir Files' and the BJP has been accused of promoting the movie on all fronts. The movie has invited a nationwide controversy and the Central ruling party has been slammed for its efforts in taking the movie in all directions.
In a BJP parliamentary party meeting that was held on March 15, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked the MPs to watch The Kashmir Files. He said, "The Kashmir Files is a very good movie. All of you should watch it. More such movies should be made." "History has to be presented in the right context. Just as books, poetry, and literature play a role in this, films can also do that", he added.
The Kashmir Files is based on the exodus of Kashmiri Hindus from the Kashmir Valley in the 1990s, and endorsing the film, Modi said that there was an effort underway to prevent the truth. On the other hand, BJP's demand to award The Kashmir Files the tax-free status has met with a strong uproar from the opposition parties.