Gujarat court bans release of Aamir Khan’s son’s debut film ‘Maharaj’

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Ahmedabad. The Gujarat High Court has banned the release of actor Aamir Khan’s son Junaid’s debut film ‘Maharaj’.
Followers of the Vaishnav sect Pushti Marg have claimed that the film will hurt their religious sentiments. A single judge bench of Justice Sangeeta Vishen issued an order against the film on Thursday. It was to be released on Netflix on Friday.

The bench also issued notices to the central government, Netflix and the film’s producer Yash Raj Films and fixed June 18 for the next hearing in the case. Eight members of the Pushti Marg sect had filed a petition against the release of the film after reading some articles about it. The film is believed to be based on the famous Maharaj Libel case of 1862. The petitioners claimed that if the film is allowed to be screened, their religious sentiments will be seriously hurt and violence may erupt against the followers of this sect.

Senior advocate Mihir Joshi, appearing for the petitioners, said the film was based on the ‘1862 libel case’ which was heard and decided by British judges. He said the British-era court which gave the verdict in the case had “condemned Hinduism and made seriously derogatory comments against Lord Krishna as well as devotional songs and bhajans.” The petitioners said that if such a film is allowed to be released, their religious sentiments will be hurt and it will cause irreparable damage.

Earlier, the petitioners had requested the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting to take immediate steps to stop the release of the film. It was reported that no response was received or any action was taken by the ministry. In April, a memorandum was also given to Yash Raj Films and Netflix by another trust for private screening before the release, but no response was received.

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