By Subhash K Jha
MUMBAI: Filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali is baffled , amused and exasperated by the court order from Jaipur based on a complaint by a lawyer that his film Ram Leela hurts religious sentiments and incites enmity between different groups of people on grounds of religion.
The lawyer came to the above conclusions on the basis of the Ram Leela trailer.
However, the complainant seems to have read wrong signals in the film’s trailer.
Says a source close to Bhansali, “How can Ram Leela incite enmity on grounds of religion when everyone in the film belongs to the same religious community? Both Ranveer and Deepika are Hindus in Ram Leela and so are all the other characters . There is no character, major or minor, belonging to any other community in Ram Leela.”
Incensed by what is seen as an attempt to provoke legal action against major films on the eve of their release Bhansali’s team now intends to take stern action against the complainant who has apparently made a false and malicious allegation against Ram Leela.
Says the source from Bhansali’s team, “Nowadays it has become the norm to harass filmmakers, producers and writers just weeks before a film’s release. There should be a rule that no cases can be filed against a film just before its release. This would spare filmmakers a lot of nuisance.”