Originally posted by XanthosNZ
That adage cuts both ways.
You have the freedom not to go view the Da Vinci Code in theatres. You have the freedom not to buy it on DVD. You have the freedom to boycott in whatever crazy manner you wish. What you do not have the freedom to do is to stop other people from watching it if they so wish.
Under ideal circumstances, I agree. But these are not ideal circumstances - India is a country very sensitive to religious topics and religious minorities like Christians face violence almost on a daily basis. The Government has a right to decide if a particular film like the DVC could contribute to it. I don't think it will - but I'm not "on the field" in India.
FWIW, the film has been cleared for viewing in India with a disclaimer:
I expect it will be a moderate hit in urban regions, but rural audiences will get turned off by all the lecturing and references to arcane European secret societies that no one really cares about.