Even as protests in Pune stalled the shows of Ranveer Singh-Deepika Padukone-starrer film, the Bombay High Court on Friday, refused to interfere with the release of the film Bajirao Mastani.
A division bench headed by Justice Naresh Patil, while hearing a petition filed in HC seeking a stay on the release of the film, said that the court saw no reason to intervene.
A Public Interest Litigation, filed by a Pune based social activist, had claimed that the film, particularly its song Pinga , distorted facts and history, and that it hurt public sentiments.
It claimed that while history documents Kashibai as suffering from “tuberculosis and arthritis that induced a limp, the song shows both, Kashibai and Mastani, performing a Lavani.
Besides, Pinga is a traditional song and dance routine performed by married women While Lavani is performed predominantly for a male audience and has sexual innuendos and overtones in the song lyrics and the dance moves,” it claimed.
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In Pune, workers from the Bharatiya Janata Party claimed Bajirao Mastani “distorts history” and showed the unvanquished Bajirao in poor light and stalled a few shows on Friday.
Meanwhile, shows of Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol’s Dilwale, were also cancelled at a multiplex at a Jabalpur Mall in the morning after Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) activists created a ruckus and burnt the film’s posters.