Akshay Kumar’s Jolly LLB 2 is under troubled waters from the very beginning. Firstly, a petition was filed in the Bombay High Court saying that the film defames the judiciary and after that, the film got banned in Pakistan for taking about the sensitive Kashmir issue.
In spite of this, the film is doing exceptionally well at the box office not only domestically but in the international market as well.
And now a magisterial court has issued summons to the team of Jolly LLB 2 in a defamation case, for using derogatory remarks in reference to footwear brand Bata in the film’s trailer.
Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Sandeep Garg, in an order last week, issued summons to film’s director Subhash Kapoor, its producers and actors Akshay Kumar and Annu Kapoor. The film’s team has been asked to appear in the court on February 22.
The court has found prima facie offense under sections 500 (defamation) and 120B (criminal conspiracy) of Indian Penal Code.
Bata India Limited has taken the derogatory reference very seriously and in a press statement confirmed that the company has filed a criminal defamation case against the team of Jolly LLB 2. The official statement reads:
The official trailer had been trending and been watched rapidly over the internet and in theatres. The brand Bata has been deliberately shown in an extremely bad taste and the dialogue was intended to convey that the brand Bata is adorned only by lower strata of society and one should feel humiliated if one wears Bata footwear.
Let’s see if this controversy affects the film’s collection or not.