Upcoming Bollywood film Satyameva Jayate, starring John Abraham and Manoj Bajpayee, has run into trouble as Hyderabad police registered a case against the filmmakers on Sunday.
A case was registered at the Dabeerpura police station in Hyderabad after a complaint was filed by BJP Minority Morcha general secretary Syed Ali Jaffry. As per the complaint, a ‘Maatam’ (mourning) scene in the film has hurt the religious sentiments of members of the Shia community, ANI reported.
The case was registered under Indian Penal Code (IPC) Section 295(A) (Deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings or any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs) and relevant sections of the Cinematography Act.
Hyderabad: Case registered against upcoming Bollywood movie Satyameva Jayate by Shiya community members on charges of hurting religious sentiments in connection with a ‘Maatam’ (mourning) clipping shown in the movie
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Last month, members of the Shia community had protested against Satyameva Jayate, written and directed by Milap Zaveri, following the release of its trailer. Jaffry had then said, “We filed a complaint with the Station House Officer (SHO) that on June 28, the trailer of a film released, which was produced by T-Series. In the trailer, one shot shows the festival of Muharram and it depicts a scene of Matam (self-flagellation). The actor is later shown committing a murder following Matam. This has hurt our sentiments,” The News Minute reported.
“There has been an attempt to, directly and indirectly, hurt the Shia community in many films. We also complained to the local Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), who assured us that they will transfer the complaint to the organisation’s head office in Mumbai,” he added.
Jaffry had then threatened to stage protests across India to prevent the release of the film. Also starring Amruta Khanvilkar and Aisha Sharma, the film is slated for a release on August 15.