Jan 182018

padmavatFor a long time now, the team of “Padmaavat” has been having a tough time batting the odds to get a smooth release for their film.

This morning, the Supreme Court’s judgement came as a big relief for the makers and the team. The SC stayed the operation of orders banning the release of the film “Padmaavat” by the Gujarat, Rajasthan and Haryana governments.

Staying the “notifications and orders” banning the release of the controversial film by the three states, a bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilklar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud said that the remaining states will also not issue orders banning the screening of the film.

Referring to its earlier judgement, the court said that it was incumbent upon the state governments to ensure the maintanence of law and order.

The court order came on the plea by the producers of the film — Bhansali Productions and Viacom18 Motion Pictures — challenging the ban on the screening of the film by the Gujarat, Rajasthan nand Haryana governments.

Nov 102017

padmavatThe Supreme Court on Friday refused to entertain a plea seeking a stay on the release of Bollywood movie ‘Padmavati’, saying the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) considers all aspects before granting certificate to any film.The court said it could not intervene since the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) was yet to decide about its certification.

A Bench, comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and D.Y. Chandrachud, said there were enough guidelines to be followed by the censor board to grant certification to a film before its release.

The plea, filed by Siddharajsinh M Chudasama and 11 others, also sought the setting up of a committee of eminent historians to check the veracity of the script to prevent any inaccuracy in the portrayal of Rani Padmavati.

The petitioners sought a stay on the release of the film till such time the alleged historical inaccuracies in the film are corrected by the producer and the director.

The film, which also stars Shahid Kapoor as Rawal Ratan Singh and Ranveer Singh as invader Alauddin Khilji, is set for release on December 1, 2017. The movie has been a subject of many controversies. Some Hindu groups and political parties, including the Congress and the BJP, claiming that the film distorts history and wrongly portrays Padmavati, a contention Bhansali has rebuffed in a recently released online video.

Earlier this year, fringe group Rajput Karni Sena vandalised the sets of the film in Jaipur and roughed up director Sanjay Leela Bhansali.

Bhansali and his team have repeatedly assured the opponents that there are no romantic scenes between Deepika and Ranveer in the film. Gupta has written a letter to Home Minister Rajnath Singh about the matter.

The activist group objected to an alleged scene that would have Allaudin Khilji (played by Ranveer Singh) romancing Rani Padmavati (Deepika Padukone) in a dream sequence.

Last month, its members destroyed a “rangoli” created at a Surat mall for “Padmavati” promotions and threatened further disruption.

The film has been embroiled in a spate of controversies ever since its inception. The rumours claim that the film has a dream sequence between Rani Padmavati and Alauddin Khilji – something that I have already denied, even in writing. “Today, again, I am reiterating through this video that in our movie, there is no such scene between Rani Padmavati and Alauddin Khilji that would hurt the sentiments of anyone”. No community will be able to tolerate it and this is why distributors across the country have started giving the cold shoulder to this film, the BJP leader added.

With the release date of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati approaching, its troubles seem to be mounting as well.

Keeping sentiments of Rajput groups in mind, the BJP said that they preview the movie as as many fringe groups have threatened to disrupt its screening for “manipulating historical facts”.

There has been a widespread uproar against the movie which is scheduled for release on December 1. Recently, the Karni Sena had staged a huge protest in Chittorgarh in which hundreds of people took part demanding a complete ban on the film. The protesters had urged the Election Commission (EC) to ban the film in Gujarat or shift the release date of the film post the elections.

Sep 142017

DilipVeteran actor Dilip Kumar, 94, is feeling triumphant, says his wife Saira Banu after the couple regained possession of their disputed Pali Hill property here.

On Tuesday, Saira Banu had announced via Twitter that they took possession of the property, which has been his residence for decades. She said the Supreme Court had restored the possession to them.

Commenting on those who tried to usurp the property, Saira said: “I can only pray to God to forgive them and hope they have learned the lesson that ultimately it is truth and justice that prevails.”

How is Dilip Kumar feeling about it?
“He is surely feeling vindicated and triumphant,” said Saira, adding that a decade of struggle to get back the bungalow has been full of pain.

“To describe the pain and desperation isn’t easy. As you are aware, it’s been a while since Saab has been going through various health challenges. Just imagine how hard it must have been for him to come to terms with the fact that some people whom he trusted in his own kind and generous manner have betrayed his faith and have plotted to rob him of his peace of mind and his rights,” she added.

Saira, who is always by Dilip Kumar’s side, says she has faith in divine intervention and justice.

“As I said, I hope the culprits have understood that we live in a country where the judiciary is impeccable in delivering justice and above all there is a divine court which protects and provides help to the innocent and truthful,” she said.

Jul 282017

sanjay_jail28_1cActor Sanjay Dutt should return to jail if he was allowed parole because of his VIP status, the Maharashtra government said today in court.

Last month, the Bombay High Court asked the state government to justify its decision to allow the 57-year-old actor to leave jail before he completed his five-year sentence.

He was freed eight months ahead of schedule for “good behaviour.” Today, judges asked the government to furnish a new statement explaining what criteria of “good behaviour” were applied to the actor.

But even while doing time, Mr Dutt was allowed to leave jail on multiple occasions, adding upto more than 100 free days, which raised concerns and criticism of whether he was being given VIP treatment.

“How did the authorities assess that Dutt’s conduct was good? When did they get the time to make such assessment when he was out on parole half the time?” asked a judge at the Bombay High Court last month.

The case is based on a Public Interest Litigation or PIL. “If the rules were flouted in giving him parole or furlough, then the government has no objection in sending him back to jail,” the state’s lawyer said in court today.

Mr Dutt, 57, was convicted in 2013 by the Supreme Court of acquiring illegal guns from the men convicted of the serial bombings in Mumbai in 1993 in which more than 250 people were killed.

In 2007, Mr Dutt, whose most recent success came from the Munnnabhai films, was cleared of conspiracy charges in the Mumbai serial blasts but was found guilty of illegal possession of an AK-56 rifle and a pistol, which he claimed he required to protect his family during a period of rioting in the city.

The actor spent 18 months in prison, but was released on bail till the Supreme Court ordered him back to the Yerwada prison in Pune for the remaining 42 months of his sentence.

Rajkumar Hirani, who directed him in the Munnabhai films, is making a biopic on him with actor Ranbir Kapoor playing Mr Dutt.

Dec 172012

Govt steers clear of SP`s demand on proportionate reservation for Muslims New Delhi: The government on Monday steered clear of SP’s demand for proportionate reservation to Muslims but expressed the hope that its decision to provide 4.5 per cent quota to minorities will see the light of the day despite Andhra Pradesh High Courts’ rejection.

“What can I say if their party says something. A demand can be made for anything…The promise of Congress made in its election manifesto (to provide reservation to backward Muslims) is our first priority….We never talked about proportonate reservation. We never made any such promise,” Minority Affairs Minister K Rahman Khan told reporters here.

Govt steers clear of SP`s demand on proportionate reservation for Muslims

He was responding to questions on Samajwadi Party leader Ramgopal Yadav’s demand in Rajya Sabha that Muslims should be given reservation in proportion to their population through an amendment in the Constitution.

Khan said that he wrote a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh last month drawing his attention towards the apprehensions among the minorities over terror cases and urging him to ensure speedier trial of the cases.

Govt steers clear of SP`s demand on proportionate reservation for Muslims

Regarding apprehensions raised by minority groups about some of the provisions of the Centre’s Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA), Khan said that he has brought the concerns of the minorities regarding this to the notice of ministries concerned and was hopeful that they will take steps to address them.

Khan said that he is “hopeful” that the government will be able to convince the Supreme Court on the merits of its decision to carve out a 4.5 per cent sub quota for minorities out of the OBC reservation quota of 27 per cent.

The Andhra Pradesh High Court had rejected the Centre’s decision on the sub quota while the Supreme Court also made observations against it.

Govt steers clear of SP`s demand on proportionate reservation for Muslims However, Khan said, “We are not doing anything except taking all the minorities, who are already getting benefits under Mandal Commission and putting them together. It’s grouping them. It is scientific way of giving it.”

Khan said that similar kind of reservation model is working in Karnataka and, hence, “There cannot be different yardsticks for Karnataka and the rest of the country.”

He said that even the Andhra Pradesh High Court had “not said that quota is illegal” and that the government’s decision on the sub quota is “scientific” but there may be some “lapse in presentation” and that will be set right.

“I am hopeful because I think we will be able to address the Supreme Court’s doubts. We will be able to provide them the data (related to backwardness) as they demanded,” he said.

Regarding new initiatives being taken by his Ministry, Khan said that he is planning to set up separate consultative bodies within his Ministry to look after each of the five notified religious minority communities as the requirements of each minority community is different and needed to be approached differently.

He said that the government has completed the formalities to bring the new Wakf Amendment Bill before Parliament after incorporating the recommendations of the Select Committee of Rajya Sabha and it will be brought soon.

He, at the same time, added that it was not possible to bring it in this session now with just few days left for it to conclude.

The Minister said he is hopeful that he will also be able to introduce the long-pending Equal Opportunity Bill in the next session as well as complete the process of having diversity index and setting up of national data bank, three major recommendations of the Sachar Committee that went into backwardness of Muslims.

He acknowleged that monitoring of the schemes is a “big challenge” and that the states do not hold the meetings of the monitoring committees to track the performance of the implementation of the schemes meant for minorities.

Khan said that the proposed restructuring of the National Minority Development Corporation will widen its ambit to enmpower it for direct lending and creating two more subsidiaries within it while the Maulana Azad Educational Foundation (MAEF) will now have greater involvement in expansion of education among the minorities.


Dec 172012

The All India Football Federation appointed Retd. Justice A.K Ganguly (Former Judge, Supreme Court of India) and Chairperson West Bengal Human Rights Commission as an Independent “One Man committee” to hold and undertake as expeditiously as possible, detailed evaluation of all aspects arising out of or related to the I-League Match between Kingfisher East Bengal  and Mcdowell  Mohun  Bagan  on 9 December 2012 at Yuba Bharati Krirangan, Salt Lake City, Kolkata including the consequential resultant effect in consonance with applicable I-League regulations 2012-13.

Justice A.K. Ganguly will be giving directions accordingly and is expected to commence hearing on the subject issue from 24th December 2012 in New Delhi. AIFF and Mcdowell Mohun Bagan shall be given an opportunity to appear in the hearing through their respective authorised/legal representatives.

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Dec 112012

Can a six yard splendour turn into a controversy? Yes, sporting a saree with the images of Ram, Krishna and Hanuman has landed Kushboo, popular actor of yesteryears and DMK politico, in trouble. A fundamentalist Hindu outfit has demanded an apology from her for ‘insulting Hindu gods’.

Controversies are not new to the film star, though they are not always entirely of her own making. At a recent function in Hyderabad, the former glamour doll of Kollywood, was seen wearing a designer saree prominently displaying the three mythical figures.

Though it had not raised any ripples in Andhra Pradesh, back home the Hindu Makkal Katchi (Hindu People’s party) has threatened to launch an agitation if she failed to tender an apology for hurting the sentiments of Hindus.

“The saree prominently displays images of Lord Ram and Lord Krishna, dearer to the Hindus while its border had the images of Sri Hanuman, who was a bachelor. This is not the first time that she has shown wanton disrespect to Hindu beliefs. With her, it has been a habit hence we demand an apology,” fumed Arjun Sampath, HMK president.

“In a society like ours, wedded to religion and steeped in tradition, showing scant regard to religious icons could not be tolerated or brushed aside as personal liberty,’ was his response to a question. ‘

Earlier, Hindu oufits were up in arms against Kushboo for sitting cross legged, close to the statue of a Hindu deity kept on the dais at a film function. And prior to that, her outspoken remark on chastity enraged pro-Tamil parties and she was hounded out. Protests were orchestrated and cases were filed in various district courts against her. However, in the end she secured justice in the Supreme Court.

Strange that in a state where fans once erected a temple for her in Trichy and women still remain glued to her shows only to keep track of her dress code, her attire should evoke such a reaction.

However, Kushboo, is least concerned about the threat and retorts, “Who are these self-styled guardians of culture?”

Asked about the demand for an apology, she termed it as absurd. “I am not going to answer every Tom, Dick and Harry. Why should I? There is no need at all. Why are they worried about what a woman sports. Don’t they have any other worthwhile work?” was her response. “There are so many issues that a party needs to address rather making a issue where none exists,” she argues.

Well, her voice seems to be bold battle-hardened. In the past, she was a mere actor but now, a prominent DMK politico and the party’s emerging mass face as well as its crowd puller. It also shows a determination that she could no more be kicked around by culture vultures.