SC clears Prakash Jhas Chakravyuh

Prakash Jha's upcoming film Chakravyuh has been embroiled in trouble thanks to the controversial track 'Mehangai'. The song which features the names of leading Indian industrialists like the Tatas, Birlas and Ambanis created turmoil within business circles. However, post Jha's explanation, the Censor Board cleared the song on the condition that the makers would run a disclaimer stating that in no way was it intended to hurt sentiments.

Unhappy with the decision of the Censor Board, the Tata Group joined Bata India and the Birlas in taking legal action against the film's producers. The Delhi High Court judge had ruled in Bata India's favour and asked the producer to delete the references to the company from the song. While a third petition, by the Birlas, was disposed off earlier on Friday.

But now in a ruling, the Supreme Court has allowed the screening of the controversial song 'Mehangai', dismissing claims that the allusions to several business houses in the song are derogatory. The bench consisting of three judges headed by Chief Justice Altmas Kabir said, "The song should be interpreted in the context of the theme of the movie and ought not to be taken as any kind of aspersion on anybody" while dismissing Bata India's plea that all references to the company's name be deleted from the song.

The bench, however, allowed release of the film on the condition that it will feature a disclaimer that the song is not meant to show any disrespect to the people whose names are mentioned in it.

Article written by staff at Bollywood Hungama. Read more

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