RPI alleged that the tries to divide Dalits and the others. The party's warning came after the National Commission of Scheduled Castes (NCSC) termed the film as anti-dalit and asked producer Prakash Jha to screen it to a panel before its release on August 12. The special screening has not taken place yet. Athavale said that his party would protest the screening of the film is it promotes anti-dalit message.
Aarakshan deals with reservations in the Indian education system. It features Amitabh Bachchan, Saif Ali Khan and Deepika Padukone in the lead roles.