The Hyderabad High Court has issued notices to Bollywood actor Mallika Sherawat and the Centre on a PIL against the poster of an upcoming film that stars her. The poster shows her draped in the three colours of the national flag.
Admitting the PIL, the high court also issued a notice to KC Bokadia, producer of the film. In his petition filed last week, a Hyderabad-based rights activist T Dhangopal Rao has alleged that the actor and the film producer have intentionally insulted the national flag. “The film poster shows Mallika ­sitting atop a car fitted with a beacon and wrapped in ­tricolour below her waist.
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Offended by it, I filed the petition seeking action against the actor,” Rao told mediapersons. Use of the national flag for commercial purposes is an insult to the nation’s ­honour, Rao claimed in the ­petition and sought the court to restrain the ­producer from further exhibiting the poster as part of the film’s promotion.
Assistant solicitor general of India, Narayan Reddy, who represents the ­Government of India in the Hyderabad High Court, said the court ordered notices to the Centre, the film’s producer and the actor and asked the secretary of the Union Home Ministry (respondent 1) and other respondents to file their counter affidavits ­within three weeks.