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SLB on RamLeela release ban and hurting Hindu sentiments

IndiaGlitz [Wednesday, November 13, 2013]
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Ram-Leela is again in controversy hot waters.. The Delhi Court has banned the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's most talked about Ram -Leela starring Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh.

The Court feels that the movie allegedly hurts the religious sentiments of Hindus.

Ram -Leela is scheduled for November 15 release. It must be recalled that the court earlier rejected the plea against the film and imposed a fine of Rs 50,000 on an NGO which had moved the Additional District Judge A S Jayachandra, in an ex-parte interim order, restrained Bhansali and Eros promoters from releasing the movie till further orders.

The court allowed the suit filed by six petitioners, including Prabhu Samaj Dharmik 'Ram-Leela' Committee, which said the word 'Ram-Leela' is associated with Lord Rama and people will also watch this movie with an expectation that it would be related to his life but the film will hurt their sentiments.

The petition filed, through advocate S D Windlesh, said the name of the movie should be changed as it has nothing to do with the mythology and it is "misleading".

Eros and Sanjay Leela Bhansali had issued their clarification regarding the statement on hurting of Hindu sentiments and ban on release.

They say

The forthcoming Hindi cinematograph film "Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela" ("said Film") has been censored by the Central Board of the Film Certification under the Cinematograph Act, 1952 and granted UA Certificate on 01.11.2013.

The said Film is slated for release throughout the World including India on 15th November 2013. It appears that some misinformation is being carried out regarding the said Film which we would like to clarify and state that the said Film is inspired and based on work of William Shakespeare "Romeo and Juliet'.

The said Film is neither related to "Ramleela" folklore/traditional performance associated with Lord Ram nor related to "Rasleela" associated with Lord Krishna.

Ram the character in the said Film does not depict or resemble LORD SHRI RAM in any manner. The said Film neither intends nor attempts to insult, wound or outrage the religion, religious feelings or religious beliefs of any class of citizens of India.

We trust that this allays, clarifies and sets at rest all apprehensions, doubts and misgivings regarding the said Film.

For Bhansali Productions Pvt. Ltd.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Director




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