Actor Imran Khan, basking in the box office glory of his recent release, Mere Brother Ki Dulhan (MBKD), will be filing his much awaited and much talked-about PIL (Public Interest Litigation) in the Bombay High Court today, questioning the state government’s decision to increase the official age for liquor consumption from 21 to 25.
The actor had announced his decision back in June, weeks before Delhi Belly released.
Over the last two months, his detractors have criticised him for the delay in filing the PIL, terming it a publicity gimmick for his movie.
This time, Imran, who will be at the court at 10 am today with his lawyers, admits he wanted to play it safe: “When I raised my voice in the past, a lot of people assumed I was merely publicising Delhi Belly with my actions. This time, I consciously waited for MBKD to release before I marched ahead. I don’t drink; I don’t endorse drinking either. But I decided to take up the issue because at 21, Indians can vote and marry a person of their choice. It’s only fair to let them decide whether they want to drink or not. It should be an internal decision, not something imposed on them.”
When asked why the PIL had been delayed, Imran, who also has his uncle Aamir Khan’s support enlisted, clarifies that his lawyers had filed several RTI (Right To Information) queries for clarity on certain technical areas, as against reports that claimed that he wouldn’t file the PIL and would restrict his action to an RTI query only.
“My lawyers had initiated the filing process in June. But we needed access to the Government’s papers and had to be very clear on certain aspects of the law,” he says, adding, “We were ready on August 16, but if I filed it then, it would have been too close to my film’s release. It was best to wait.”