'Maharaj' release: Cross-examination over, now Gujarat HC will watch Junaid Khan's film, decision on ban on Thursday

Ronit Kawale
Ronit Kawale - Senior Editor
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'Maharaj' release: Cross-examination over, now Gujarat HC will watch Junaid Khan's film, decision on ban on Thursday

Aamir Khan's son Junaid Khan's debut film 'Maharaj' is getting into trouble. After the ongoing arguments on this, the Gujarat High Court has extended the ban on the film. The matter was heard on Wednesday, June 19. The Gujarat High Court judges will now decide after watching the film whether it should be completely banned or allowed to be released. Yash Raj Films told the court that the links and passwords of the film 'Maharaj' will be made available. Now the matter will be heard again on June 20. It is known that there is a controversy over Junaid Khan's Maharaj subject and many scenes shown in it. While on one hand there is a demand to ban this film, on the other hand, the Gujarat High Court had banned its release, which has been extended. People say that Hindu religion has been insulted in it. 'Maharaj' was scheduled to release on the OTT platform Netflix on June 14.

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Petitioner Shailesh Patwari said this

On the other hand, petitioner Shailesh Patwari appeared on Wednesday after two days of hearing and said that the court will watch the entire film and decide tomorrow afternoon i.e. Thursday, June 20 at 2.30 pm whether the film should be banned or it should be allowed to release on OTT. Shailesh Patwari had filed a petition against the film on June 13 and said that it is an attempt to create division between Hindus and Muslims. Wrong things have also been said about Hindu gods and goddesses in the film.

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'The judges will watch the film and decide whether to release it or not'

He also said that rules and regulations are necessary to bring OTT under the Government of India, otherwise anyone will show anything on OTT. This should not happen. Shailesh Patwari further said, “Yash Raj Films had tried for a second certificate to release the film 'Maharaj' on OTT. But later they felt that there could be problems in this, so they chose OTT. A lot of wrong things have been shown in this film. Wrong things were also said about Lord Krishna and our Maharajas. That decision was given by judges of the British era. We should not forget this. We had also written to the government office in this regard, but did not get any response. Then we had to knock the door of the High Court. Right now the court has continued the stay on the film and will give its decision tomorrow at 2:30 pm.”

What is the reason behind the controversy over 'Maharaj'?

The story of 'Maharaj' is based on the story of the defamation case of 1862, in which wrong comments were made about Lord Krishna and many devotional songs. Apart from Junaid Khan, the film also stars actor Jaideep Ahlawat. Junaid Khan plays the character of Karsandas Mulji, who was a reporter and social reformer. He raised his voice for women's rights and reforms. In the poster of the film, Junaid Khan is seen wearing a tilak on his forehead, which is also causing controversy. For this reason, the petitioners have appealed to ban the film as well as cancel its certification.

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