PIL in Gujarat HC for ban on release of the movie 'Ram Leela'

Ahmedabad, PTI | Updated : 07 October 2013, 09:51 PM

A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) has been moved in the Gujarat High Court seeking a ban on the release of a movie "Galiyon ki Raas Leela Ram Leela," which is expected to hit the screens next month, due to alleged "misrepresentation" of the Rajput community.

The PIL is expected to be heard on Thursday and the movie, which has mostly been shot in Gujarat, is slated to release on November 15.

Petitioner Siddhrajsinh Mahavirsinh Chudasama (32), who hails from the "Darbar" community, has alleged his community has been "misrepresented" in the movie.

"Darbar" is a caste of the Rajput community consisting of sub-castes such as Jadeja, Zala, Gohil, Chudasama, Rana, Vada, Parmar, Sodha, Vaja, Chauhan, Rathore, Vaghela, among others.

The petitioner has alleged director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and producer Kishore Lulla had adopted a "totally insensitive approach not only to the Darbar community but the Hindu religion as a whole".

According to the petitioner, since the movie "hurts the sentiments of Hindus" as well as promotes "vulgarity", the release of the movie must be stopped in Gujarat.

The petitioner has argued the movie showed enmity between the Rabari and Darbar communities for the last 500 years and a daughter of the Jadeja family (Darbar), which is a character played by Deepika Padukone, having romantic relations with a boy from the Rabari community, which is the character essayed by Ranveer Singh.

"Vulgar" and "intimate" scenes as well as "abusive language" have also been alleged to be used in the movie by the female character, which "hurt" the "sentiments" of "female Darbar tradition".

First Published: Monday, October 07, 2013 09:44 PM
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