Art director turned director Nitin Chandrakant Desai, whose dream project Ajintha, a film based on the famous Ajanta caves in Aurangabad, is about to release, has apparently landed in hot waters after members of the Banjara community protested against the film in many parts of the country.
Sanjiv Kumar Rathod, a member of the advisory panel of the Censor Board, has pointed out five objectionable scenes in the film and has asked the CBFC and Ministry of Information and Broadcasting to bring a Banjara expert into the panel before clearing the certification. Rathod has also pointed out that Paro (the character played by Sonali Kulkarni), the girl who helped in the discovery of the Ajanta Caves, was exploited, abused and killed in real life, which has not been shown in Desai’s film. "They have not shown the real culture of the Banjara community. Besides, the Banjara youth are shown naked in the movie," he was quoted to have added.
The film, which is to be released on May 11, 2012, is the true story of Major Robert Gill and a Banjara woman named Paro and is set against the backdrop of the Ajanta Caves.