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Court restrains release of Ram-leela

bollywood Updated: Nov 13, 2013 10:00 IST

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A Delhi court has restrained Bollywood filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali from releasing his latest film Ram-leela starring Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone.

The court considered the plea that Ram-leela, slated for an all-India release on November 15, allegedly hurt the religious sentiments of Hindus as it contains sex, violence and vulgarity.

The Delhi high court had earlier refused to ban the movie and also imposed a cost of Rs 50,000 on an NGO which had moved the plea against the film.

Additional district judge AS Jayachandra, in an ex-parte interim order, restrained Bhansali and Eros promoters from releasing the movie till further orders.

The court allowed the suit filed by six petitioners, including Prabhu Samaj Dharmik Ram Leela Committee, which said the word 'Ram Leela' is associated with Lord Rama and people will also watch this movie with an expectation that it would be related to his life but the film will hurt their sentiments. The petition filed, through advocate SD Windlesh, said the name of the movie should be changed as it has nothing to do with the mythology and it is "misleading".

Bhansali’s next to not release in Saurashtra? (Shalvi Mangaokar reports)

Controversies that aim to stop the release of Bollywood films often only give them unintended publicity. But the protests against the portrayal of the Rajput community in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Ram-Leela look like they might actually get a ban implemented on the film’s release in Saurashtra.

Mahendra Goswami, who owns a seven-screen multiplex in Bhavnagar in the region reveals, "On Sunday evening, there was a major fight near Apsara Talkies that is located nearby. The community feels that the content of the film is derogatory and they are actively protesting. The film is unlikely to release here. Let’s see what happens."

The film is set to release in other parts of Gujarat.

Prashant Solanki, director of another multiplex in Valsad, says, "The protest is limited to Saurashtra. There are no issues in north, central and south Gujarat."

Despite several attempts, Bhansali couldn’t be reached for a comment.

The film also stars Richa Chadda in a pivotal role.