On Sunday, April 4, Shah Rukh Khan in an interview to MTV, in the presence of IPL chairman Lalit Modi, announced that he would dance “naked” at the DY Patil stadium in Navi Mumbai, if his IPL team, Kolkata Knight Riders, makes it to the finals. This comment has sent the Twitterati into a tizzy.
According to some if he kept his word, they’d switch off completely. A few wondered what teams like Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore would do in such a situation.
Insiders from the film fraternity wonder what prompted Khan to make such an outrageous statement. “Do people really want to be party to his birthday suit dance?” asks one of them. Meanwhile, a section of the industry is abuzz that the actor may soon face a public interest litigation, on grounds of making an obscene statement on a public forum.
According to cop-turned-lawyer YP Singh, under IPC Section 294, any obscene act in public is a criminal offence.“To perform such an act before the camera can lead to the circulation of obscene material, which is an offence under section 292 and 293 of the IPC. This is also an offence under Section 110 of the Bombay Police Act, 1951,” informs Singh.
However, he points out that in the actor’s case, the offence is yet to be committed. But since he has already declared that he would do something like this if his team played to its potential, it could come within the ambit of attempting to commit an offence under the IPC, which then gets covered under Section 511 of the IPC.
“If Shah Rukh Khan had no intention to dance nude, and yet made such an assertion, it would amount to an act of cheating, whereby he tacitly exhorted the vulnerable public to support his team with cheers. It could become a criminal offence of cheating as defined under Section 415 of the IPC and made punishable with one year imprisonment under Section 417 of the IPC,” adds Singh.
He says that since the statement has also been received by girls, it becomes an offence under Section 509 of the IPC, as it can insult the modesty of any righteous girl. “This offence is applicable whether he dances nude or not,” cautions Singh, saying that the actor, under every circumstance, is liable to be prosecuted under criminal law for making irresponsible statements before the youth of the country.