Salman Khan's Bharat in Legal Trouble?
Salman Khan’s Bharat is facing a petition filed that states that the title of the film distorts culture
Bollywood star Salman Khan is sure to release his films on Eid every year. This time around, it's the much talked about - and debated about - Bharat. The film has already garnered a lot of controversy ever since Salman announced Bharat. There was also a confirmation that Priyanka Chopra will be starring next to the Dabangg actor, but things took an unexpected turn. Since Priyanka was busy with her wedding preparations with Nick Jonas, the actress pulled out of the film which made the casting team turn to none other than Katrina Kaif. This worked in Salman and Bharat's favour as the audience loves to see Katrina on screen with the 53-year-old star. And while all that happened, and the recent news of Salman taking a dig at Priyanka for ditching the film, it seems like Bharat has landed itself in more trouble right ahead of the film's release.
On Thursday, a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) was filed in Delhi High Court seeking a change of the title of the Salman-starrer. According to the petitioner, Vikas Tyagi, the film “distorts the culture and political image of the country Bharat, India.” Tyagi, in his plea, also contended that the title of the film is in violation of Section 3 of Emblems and Names (Prevention of Improper Use) Act, which also explains that the word "Bharat" cannot be used for commercial activities. He has also demanded to have one of the dialogues of the film changed, where Salman's character is been compared to the country. The petitioner added that it hurts the patriotic sentiments of many Indians. He continued, "This film is fraught with Salman’s typical flippancy and vulgarity. Being a Bharatiya, I feel it is not appropriate to name such film or any character associated with this film after our great nation."
Salman, Katrina, the director or the producer haven't made any comments on the matter yet, but with the film hitting screens on June 5, the matter should be addressed soon. After all, there are a gazillion fans waiting for Bharat - or whatever the film is to be called next - to release soon.
This is also not the first time that the Indian citizens have demanded a change in the name of a film. In late 2017, Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor-starrer, Padmaavat, also came under fire for "distorting history." Prior to its release, the film had been titled Padmavati.