The Punjab and Haryana high court on Tuesday asked the petitioner who had sought a ban on two ‘vulgar’ songs of Bollywood movie ‘The Shaukeens’ to make the film’s producer a party in the case.
While taking up the petition filed by a non-government organisation, ArriveSafe Society, the division bench comprising acting chief justice Ashutosh Mohunta and justice Anupinder Singh Grewal observed that the film’s producer ought to have been impleaded, being a necessary party. “The petitioner is given the last opportunity to implead the producer as a party,” the court said while adjourning the case.
The petitioner had on November 3 approached the court, alleging that the two songs tempted the youth to take drugs and alcohol. The songs are “Haan main alcoholic hoon…”, sung by Yo Yo Honey Singh, and “Badla mizaaj mera phookte hi grass” sung by Neha Kakkar and Lil Golu.
The HC had refused to issue a stay on the songs for the time being since the songs were already in the public domain for quite some time. However, the court had issued notices of motion to the union ministry of information and broadcasting and the Central Board of Film Certification.
‘The Shaukeens’, starring Akshay Kumar and Lisa Haydon, was released on November 7. The movie has been produced by Ashvin Varde, Murad Khetani, Akshay Kumar himself and Trilogic Digital Media Ltd.
The court has fixed the next date of hearing for December 23.