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Salman Khan’s Bharat in legal trouble, PIL seeks title change and claims movie is ‘distorting the culture of our great country’

Salman Khan’s character in his upcoming film is called Bharat and a PIL filed in Delhi high court has objected to the usage.

bollywood Updated: May 31, 2019 11:31 IST
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Salman Khan plays an old man in one of the portions of Bharat.
Salman Khan plays an old man in one of the portions of Bharat.
         

A Public Interest Litigation was filed in Delhi High Court on Thursday seeking a change of the title of Bollywood superstar Salman Khan’s upcoming movie Bharat. Directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, the film stars Katrina Kaif, Tabu, Nora Fatehi, Disha Patani, Sunil Grover and Jackie Shroff.

According to the petitioner, Vikas Tyagi, the movie is “distorting the culture and political image of our great country Bharat.” In his plea, Tyagi had contended that the title of the film is in violation of Section 3 of Emblems and Names (Prevention of Improper Use) Act, according to which the word ‘Bharat’ cannot be used for the commercial purpose.

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He has also sought change in one of the dialogues of the film where the character has been compared to the country, contending that it hurts the patriotic sentiments of the people of the country.

“This film is fraught with Salman’s typical flippancy and vulgarity. Being a ‘Bharatiya’, I feel it is not appropriate to name such film or any character associated with this film after our great nation,” Tyagi said.

The movie, which also stars Katrina Kaif, is slated for a release on June 5.

(This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed.)

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First Published: May 31, 2019 11:14 IST

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