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'Da Vinci Code' to Be Released in India, Despite Protests

The movie The Da Vinci Code will be released in Indian theaters on Friday after its distributors agreed to attach a disclaimer saying the film is a work of fiction.

The film is opening in India a week later than originally planned because the distributors and India's censorship board could not agree on the wording and placement of the disclaimer.

Indian Christians had protested the film. The film board ruled that only adults could watch the film and that it must have a 15-second disclaimer at both the beginning and end of the movie.

Both the book and the movie version of The Da Vinci Code have been controversial because of their assertion that Jesus married and had children and the Vatican tried to suppress that information. Christians view that as blasphemous.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.