Superstar Rajinikanth has filed a petition seeking to stop the release of a Hindi film, titled "Main Hoon Rajinikanth."
The actor has claimed that the film's producers have used his name without getting consent from him. He has also alleged that the film has scenes, "which is entirely unethical to the nature of films chosen by him and his image/reputation amongst the public," reported the The Times of India.
"In having his name/image/caricature being associated with such feature film of immoral and promiscuous nature, he would be subject to defamation, slander and gross damage to vast reputation/goodwill amongst the public across the world and the Indian film industry, which has been built over the hard work of several years," Rajinikanth has stated in his petition.
The actor sought a stay order on the release of the film. When the petition came up for hearing at the Madras High Court on Wednesday, the judge granted an interim stay restraining the producers from releasing the film. The court has sent a notice to the film's producers and the next hearing is on 22 September.
This is the first time that Rajinikanth has filed a petition in court.
"Main Hoon Rajinikanth is a comedy entertainer directed by Faisal Saif. The film marks the debut of Tamil actor Adithya Menon, who has starred in films like "Billa", "Villu", "Dookudu" and "Mirchi," in bollywood. Produced by Varsha Production House, "Main Hoon Rajinikanth" has Kavita Radheshyam, Shakti Kapoor, Shabbir Ali and Sunil Pal in supporting roles.
Rajinikanth is currently working on his upcoming for his upcoming "Lingaa," which is all set to hit the screens for the actor's birthday on 12 December. The film, touted to be a commercial entertainer, will have Anushka Shetty and Sonakshi Sinha as female leads. It is directed by KS Ravikumar and produced by Rockline Venkatesh.