Court rejects petition seeking stay of release of ‘Adipurush’

The film stars Prabas, Saif Ali Khan and Kriti Sanon.

New Delhi:

A Delhi court on Saturday dismissed a lawsuit against the producer of the film “Adipurush” as the plaintiffs wanted to withdraw the lawsuit. Lawyer Raj Gaurav has filed a request for a stay of the period film starring Prabhas, Saif Ali Khan and Kriti Senon.

On Saturday, another senior civil judge, Abhishek Kumar, dismissed the withdrawn action after noting the petitioner’s statement.

Advocate Raj Gaurav asked permission to withdraw his case because the film’s release had been delayed and, as far as he knew, the filmmakers were planning to make certain changes to the film.

“In light of this statement, this action is dismissed as withdrawn,” the court ordered.

On the last day of the hearing, the court asked lawyer Raj Gaurav, “Once the CBFC certificate has been granted to the film without objection, can you go to court like you are doing now?”

Counsel Raj Gaurav sought and was given time to argue the issues raised by the court. The court is hearing arguments on the sustainability of litigation on the matter.

In an earlier hearing, the court allowed “Adipurush” producer Bhushan Kumar to argue at the pre-summons stage on the sustainability of the request seeking a stay of release of the film.

The senior advocate, appearing on behalf of the filmmaker, argued that the CBFC certificate was awarded to the film in September 2022 after a review committee of the board of directors reviewed the content, and therefore, the producer had every right to show it in cinemas unless it was withdrawn at the request of higher authorities. The hall is open to the public.

The plea alleges that Lord Rama and Hanuman are wearing belts in unfounded and inaccurate descriptions. It is also said that Ravana appears in the wrong form.

It is alleged that in the film’s trailer, characters such as Lord Rama, Hanuman and Ravana were represented in a way that hurt the religious feelings of the applicant and others.

It is alleged that the Defendants have harmed the Religion, Religion, Cultural, historical and civilized emotions.

Lord Rama is depicted as an angry man on a killing spree, the request said, adding that in a trailer uploaded on the producer’s YouTube page, Lord Hanuman and Lord Rama also wear leather accessories.

The request also mentions Raja Ravi Verma and the series Ramayana which portrays the characters of Ramayana in a positive way.

Lord Rama is portrayed in Hindu mythology as a calm, magnanimous and serene figure, but the accused attempted to portray Lord Rama as an angry fighter.

“In the image of Lord Rama, who is portrayed in the Constitution of India, he appears calm and composed,” the plea said.

Petitioner seeks permanent injunction on movie trailer/promo. He also sought instructions to remove the trailer from all social media, including YouTube and Facebook.

(Aside from the title, this story is unedited by NDTV staff and published via a syndicated feed.)

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