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    Portions to be deleted from 'Angels and Demons'

    New Delhi (PTI) Following protests by Christian bodies over controversial film 'Angels and Demons', the Censor Board has assured them of deletion of some of the portions before release of the movie, which will also have a disclaimer saying that it is a work of fiction.

    The assurance came after a special review screening of the film, a sequel to 'Da Vinci Code' directed by Ron Howard.

    The screening was attended by Censor Board Chairperson Sharmila Tagore, review committee members, CBCI spokesman Babu Joseph and National Integration Council member John Dayal among others.

    "This time we didn't insist for a ban but demanded that certain portions be deleted and a disclaimer should be shown saying it is a work of fiction with no relationship to reality. And we have been assured of the same by the Board," Mr. Joseph told PTI.

    Meanwhile, Mr. Dayal has written to the Board expressing his reservations over the release of the controversial film.

    "The Censor Board is a statutory body and should have the courage of its own convictions. It has its guidelines and its duty, and if it thinks a film, any film, disparages a religious community or hurts religious feelings, it should take action under its code," he wrote to the Board.

    'Angels and Demons' is a mystery-thriller which revolves around the quest of fictional Harvard University symbologist Robert Langdon to unravel the mysteries of a secret society called the Illuminati and to prevent a plot from annihilating Vatican City using destructive antimatter.

    The book utilises the historical conflict between science and religion, particularly that between the Illuminati and the Roman Catholic Church.

    It is the sequel to 'The Da Vinci Code', another Brown film adaptation.

    Earlier the CBCI, in its complaint to the Censor Board, has warned that the film's "unqualified" release in the country can cause "disquiet" within the community.

    "When communities are mocked, pilloried or disparaged, it is not merely third reputation that is harmed, but cinematic images carry into real life and communities particularly priests and nuns etc, are made targets of physical violence," Mr. Dayal's note to the Board read.


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