NEW DELHI: Even as the Delhi High Court has dismissed
a public interest litigation seeking a ban on the release
of the movie Ram-Leela on the ground that it would hurt
the religious sentiments of people, a review petition
is coming up on this issue in the Lucknow bench of the
Allahabad High Court later this week.
A division bench of Chief Justice N V Ramana and Justice
Manmohan of Delhi High Court imposed a fine of Rs 50,000
on NGO Rashtravadi Shiv Sena which filed the plea wanting
a change of title of the movie starring Ranveer Singh
and Deepika Padukone should be changed as it hurts the
religious sentiments of people.
(The Allahabad High Court had earlier rejected a similar
petition by social activist Nutan Thakur on the ground
that the film had not been cleared by the Central Board
of Film Certification. However, Thakur has filed a review
on the plea that the trailer has been passed by the
Ram-Leela, which is scheduled to be released on 15
November, has been directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali.
The plea in Delhi filed by the NGO's president Jai
Bhagwan Goyal said: "The title Ram-Leela which
is understood by Hindus as enactment of the life and
story of Lord Ram (Maryada Purshottam), is nowhere doing
the same but on the contrary the film is portraying
sex, violence and vulgarity, which is deeply hurting
the religious sentiments and feelings of Hindus."
"The enactment, production and scheduled release
of the film Ram-Leela is a gross insult to the religious
feelings of Hindus," the plea said, adding the
objection is only in respect of naming such a film Ram-Leela.