After Shriya Saran, it was the turn of Mallika Sherawat to face the ire of Tamil Nadu's "moral brigade" which filed a police complaint against the Bollywood star over the issue of improper attire at a film function.
Hindu Makkal Katchi (HMK), a splinter group of the Hindu Munnani, lodged a complaint with the police yesterday, saying that Mallika's attire at the function to release audio-CDs of Kamal Haasan's new film 'Dasavatharam' in which Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi, Jackie Chan and Amitabh Bachchan were present had "hurt the sentiments of Hindus". The actress was accused of wearing transparent and skimpy clothes.
HMK activist Kanirajan, in his complaint, also said Mallika sat cross-legged on the dais where Karunanidhi was present. Besides Mallika and Shriya, actresses Shilpa Shetty, Reema Sen and Khushboo have incurred the wrath of the moral brigade before for various reasons.
A few months ago, HMK had filed a complaint against actress Shriya for her choice of dress at the golden jubilee celebrations of Rajnikant starrer Sivaji-The Boss. However, she tendered an apology and the matter was treated as closed by the police.
A case against Shilpa Shetty and Reema Sen filed by a Madurai lawyer, accusing them of conniving with a local eveninger for publishing their pictures which were obscene in nature, was quashed last month by the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court.
However, actress Kushboo continued to face the cases as the Madras High Court on April 30 ordered several cases filed against her for her remarks made in an interview on pre-marital sex to be transferred to the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate in Chennai for adjudication.
Passing orders on a petition filed by Kushboo seeking to quash the proceedings in the lower court, Justice R Regupathy said in his considered opinion, a prima facie offence under section 499 IPC (defamation) was made out against her.