A plea was today filed in Delhi High Court seeking stay on the release of the upcoming movie Santa Banta Pvt Ltd on April 22, on the grounds that it “misrepresented” the Sikh community. A bench headed by Chief Justice G Rohini fixed March 23 for consideration of the PIL which has alleged that the movie was “projecting the personality of Sikh community in defamatory and denigrating manner” and could cause “disturbance”.
The plea by Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee said if the movie was allowed to be released the “reputation of Sikh community will be immensely affected, causing irreparable loss to the Sikh community all over the world”.
The cast comprises of Boman Irani, Vir Das, Lisa Haydon, Neha Dhupia and veteran actors like Johnny Lever, Sanjay Mishra, Vijayraaz and Ayub Khan.
Watch: Trailer of Santa Banta Pvt Ltd
Santa Banta Pvt Ltd is a suspense comedy film directed by Akashdeep Sabir and produced by Viacom 18 which will distribute the film along with Cinetek Telefilms.
While seeking cancellation of the movie’s certification given under Cinematography Act, the petitioner also sought interim stay on the advertisements of the movie.
“It is projecting the personality of Sikh community in defamatory and denigrating manner which may cause disturbance due to the misrepresentation of the community by the film industry (Bollywood),” the plea added.