Release of 'Ram Leela' stayed by Delhi court

Added by harini on Nov 13, 2013

A Delhi court on Tuesday has stayed the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s upcoming movie ‘Ram Leela’ starring Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone. The movie is scheduled to release on November 15.

Additional District Judge AS Jayachandra, in an ex-parte interim order, restrained the movie's director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Eros promoters from releasing the movie till further orders.

The court’s order came after a suit was filed by 6 petitioners, including Prabhu Samaj Dharmik Ram Leela Committee, saying the movie hurt the religious sentiments of Hindus as it contains sex, violence and vulgarity.

The plea stated that as the movie is titles ‘Ram Leela’ people will associate the movie with Lord Rama and expect the movie to show aspects of his life. They further stated that the title of the movie needs to be changed as it has nothing to do with mythology and it is misleading.

“The title ‘Ram-Leela’, understood by Hindus as enactment of the life and story of Lord Ram (Maryada Purushottam), is nowhere doing the same. On the contrary, the film is portraying sex, violence and vulgarity, which is deeply hurting the religious sentiments and feelings of Hindus,” the petitioners said.

Earlier, the Delhi High Court had refused to ban the movie and also imposed a cost of Rs 50,000 on an NGO which had moved the plea against the film.

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