Acclaimed director Majid Majidi's movie 'Muhammad: Messenger of God' will not be shown at the 21st edition of International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK). It is the first time in the history of IFFK a film has been denied censor exemption by the Union Information and Broadcasting.


Though the ministry has not cited any particular reason for rejecting the movie it is assumed that the move was made to avoid possible controversies as the film had invited the wrath of some Muslim organisations. 



Earlier, a Mumbai-based Muslim group, Raza Academy had issued a fatwa against the Iranian film-maker and Indian composer AR Rahman over the depiction of the Prophet Muhammad in a new film. 


The movie that focuses on the childhood and adolescence of prophet's life was claimed to be sacrilegious by clerics. 


The legendary filmmaker known for his masterpiece' Children of Heaven'  took seven years to make the 171-minute film that cost around $40 million.