Aamir Khan and his film Laal Singh Chaddha, which hit theaters on August 11, are facing legal troubles. Charges have been filed against the actor, the film and others involved in it for allegedly “disrespecting the Indian military and hurting Hindu feelings.” Aamir’s Laal works as Indian Army personnel in the film, one of the many professions he has in his life. Read also| Aamir Khan Says People Think He ‘Don’t Like India’
A Delhi lawyer filed a complaint with Delhi Police Commissioner Sanjay Arora on Friday. Laal Singh Chaddha did not respect the armed forces. The complaint was filed against Aamir, one of the film’s producers, along with Paramount Pictures and director Advait Chandan.
According to a report in ANI, lawyer Vineet Jindal claimed in his complaint to the Delhi police that there was offensive content in the film. He requested registration of an FIR under Sections 153 (prefer to provoke with intent to cause riot), 153A (promote hostility between different groups), 298 (injury to a person’s religious feelings), and 505 (statements leading to public mischief) of the IPC against the parties involved.
His complaint read: “In the film, the makers depicted that a mentally handicapped person was allowed to join the army to fight in the Kargil war. It is a well-known fact that the best army personnel were sent to fight the Kargil war and rigorously trained army personnel fought the war, but the filmmakers deliberately portrayed the said situation in order to demoralize and defame the Indian military.”
The lawyer also claimed that the film hurt religious feelings with a scene where a Pakistani staff member asked Laal Singh Chaddha, “I offer Namaz and pray, Laal, why don’t you do the same?” and the latter replied, “my mother said all this puja-paath is malaria. It causes riots.” The lawyer said the comment is quite aggravating and a defamatory statement directed against the entire Hindu community. The indictment also said that the statement not only provokes and evokes feelings, but also “provokes furious emotions in the Hindu religion followers.”
The comment read: “This statement shows his intention to wage war and trigger enmity between different groups on the basis of religion, which goes against the ideology of a secular democratic country like and also mischief against the Indian military, which is a criminal offense according to the law of the land.”
Former England cricketer Monty Panesar had made similar comments about Laal Singh Chaddha when he took to Twitter to talk about the film. Monty, who has roots in the Indian state of Punjab, said: “Forrest Gump fits into the US military because the US recruited low-IQ men to meet the requirements for the Vietnam War. This movie is a total disgrace to the Indian Army and the Sikhs of the Armed Forces of India!! Disrespectful. Shameful. #BoycottLalSinghChadda.”
Laal Singh Chaddha, who also stars Kareena Kapoor, Mona Singh and Naga Chaitanya, is the remake of Tom Hanks starrer Forrest Gump (1994). The film faced boycott calls on social media because of some comments Aamir made about India a few years ago. According to India Today, Aamir commented on it at a recent press event, saying: “I feel sad that some people who say this believe in their hearts that I am someone who doesn’t like India. In their hearts they believe, but it’s not true. “
(Inputs from ANI)