Sanjay Leela Bhansali's upcoming film "Ram-leela" has landed into another controversy. After drawing much ire from the Rajput community over its content, the film is now in trouble over the title.
A Delhi court on Tuesday stayed the release of "Ram-leela" after considering the plea of six petitioners including a Hindu group, Prabhu Samaj Dharmik Ram Leela Committee, which claimed that the film hurts religious sentiments by showcasing sex, violence and vulgarity.
The petitioners claimed that the film's title "Ram-leela" will give audiences the impression that it is related to Lord Ram's life, thus hurting religious sentiments, according to Press Trust of India.
They have filed a lawsuit against the film's director and producer Sanjay Bhansali, Eros International Media Limited and Censor Board, which granted a U/A certificate to the film.
The case was filed through advocate SD Windlesh and it said that the title of the film should be changed as it is not related to Lord Ram's life. They also alleged that the name of the film is "misleading".
Additional District Judge AS Jayachandra, who heard the petition, passed an "ex-parte interim order" restraining Bhansali and Eros from releasing the film till further orders.
Last month, the Delhi High Court dismissed a PIL filed by an NGO to ban the film's release. The High Court also imposed a fine of ₹50,000 on the NGO.
"Ram-leela", a desi adaptation of Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet", is slated for a worldwide release on 15 November.