A city court has issued notice to Bollywood movie Love U...Mr Kalakaar starring Tusshar Kapoor, as the production house allegedly used paint brushes made of rare mongoose body parts or skin during the shooting of the movie.
The movie is slated to release on Friday and these alleged brushes have been prominently displayed on pre-release posters and promos.
Animal Welfare Board of India consultant Saurabh Gupta in his petition told the court, "Mongoose (a wild animal) is listed as a protected species and its killing or hunting is prohibited under the Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972 and the provisions of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960."
He asked the court to restrain the release of the movie, as its producers have flouted various sections in Wildlife Act.
Admitting the petition, additional district judge Ina Malhotra ordered that a notice be issued to Rajshree Production House (the producers of the movie), Mumbai.
Gupta said the release of the movie would prejudice the minds of the people who will watch the said movie and it shall cause grave injury and affect the psychology of the movie watchers in general.
He contended before the court that promos and trailers of the said movie have been shown with Tusshar Kapoor holding the paint brushes made from mongoose hair.
“The movie would be released all over India and if the movie is not restrained from being exhibited to the ultimate watchers, grave injury shall be caused to the society as a whole," said the petition.
Gupta in his complaint said he noticed massive pre-release posters of the movie at city theatres which prominently showed Tusshar Kapoor holding these brushes.