Kalki Koechlin at Television Style Awards
Kalki Koechlin at Television Style AwardsVarinder Chawla

The ban on National Award winning courtroom drama "Court" in Bengaluru seems to have disappointed many.

Bollywood actress Kalki Koechlin says the bann is not only disappointing but also shocking.

"Shocked, dismayed but mostly sad that @CourtTheFilm is not showing in cinemas in Bangalore because of regional politics," tweeted the "Margarita With A Straw" actress, who has watched the film.

Chaitanya Tamhane's film was banned in Bengaluru after certain sections of local authorities expressed their disapproval over the content of the  film, reported IANS.

"SAD NEWS: It saddens us to no end, but unfortunately we have to declare this - COURT will not be playing in Bangalore. We tried in every way we could, but were confronted with circumstances that go beyond the world of artistic freedom," reads a post on the film's facebook book page.

"We were only constantly told that 'It's a sensitive, political, and risky situation'. The precise nature of the issue, the actual names of the people and associations who might object - we don't know ourselves. But we do know for a fact that it has nothing to do with the nature or content of the film, or the availability of the slots in theatres. The entire team is crestfallen; everyday we get so many queries and requests from Bangalore - well, we tried."

"Court" however, was released in more than 150 screens across India on 17 April and revolves around a case filed against a singer in a lower court in Mumbai.

The film, which was released in four different languages -- Marathi, English, Hindi and Gujarati -- has won 18 international awards since its premiere at the prominent Venice Film Festival last year.

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