Tanhaji: The Unsung Hero Faces Legal Trouble
Ajay Devgn, Kajol and Saif Ali Khan starrer has come face to face with a legal issue. Here are all the details.
‘Tanhaji-The Unsung Hero’ is the story of a Maratha warrior Tanhaji Malusare who is remembered for his role in the Battle of Singhad in 1670. Other than Ajay Devgn himself and Saif Ali Khan, the film also has Kajol which means she will reunite with Ajay Devgan after ten years on the big screen. Kajol is playing the character of Tanhaji’s wife Savitri Malusare. It has been directed by Om Raut and produced by Ajay Devgn Films and Bhushan Kumar’s T-Series. The film will release on January 10th, 2019 which means it will clash with Deepika Padukone starrer ‘Chhapaak’ directed by Meghna Gulzar.
However, looks like it has been caught up in some legal trouble. A petition has been filed by the Akhil Bhartiya Kshatriya Koli Rajput Sangh in Delhi High Court claiming that Om Raut, director of the film Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior concealed the true lineage of great warrior Tanhaji Malusare in the movie. Akhil Bhartiya Kshatriya Koli Rajput Sangh Delhi approached the Delhi High Court claiming that the director of the Ajay Devgn-starrer film has concealed the true lineage of great warrior Tanhaji Malusare. The matter is listed for December 19.
The petitioner society comprises members of the Kshatriya Koli community who have strongly object to the film, which they say misrepresents the lineage of the great Tanhaji Malusare, who has been purportedly shown as belonging to the Maratha community while according to the petitioners he is a Koli Maratha.
The petitioner has appealed to the court to issue an appropriate direction to the Central Board of Film Certification not to give the film a certificate for the release unless the director of the film Om Raut shows the true lineage of Tanhaji. Apart from Ajay Devgn, the film stars Saif Ali Khan, Kajol, Jagapathi Babu and Sharad Kelkar in lead roles. It is slated for release on January 10. Actor Sharad Kelkar is cast as Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj while Luke Kenny plays Mughal emperor Aurangzeb. The film is produced by Ajay Devgn’s ADF and Bhushan Kumar’s T-Series. Recently, Bollywood period dramas such as Padmaavat and Panipat had also landed in trouble over the depiction of historical facts.