BOLLYWOOD: The Supreme Court of India declined to consider a plea for cancellation of the certificate granted for release of Hindi film ‘Article 15’ for making “casteist slur and creating caste hatredness” in the society for commercial gains.
Ayushmann Khurana-starrer movie set in the hinterland of Uttar Pradesh against the Badaun gangrape-cum-murder case of 2014 has already been released on Friday, June 28. A bench of Justices S A Bobde and B R Gavai told the petitioner’s counsel to approach the “appropriate authority” under the law against the certificate for release granted to the film.
A Delhi-based organisation ‘Brahman Samaj of India’ through its national organising secretary Nemi Nath Chaturvedi contended that the film was in contravention of Article 19(1)(a) (freedom of speech and expression) of the Constitution and Section 3 of the Emblem and Names (Prevention of Improper Use) Act, 1950.
“The film is likely to cause severe damage to public perception about Article 15 of the Constitution and its origin… such public perception may lead to public disorder, incitement to offence among different caste and against each other,” their petition stated.