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Saif Ali Khan in legal soup again; case filed for distorting Ramayana in ‘Adipurush’ interview

The film “Adipurush”, directed by Om Raut, has come under the legal scanner with an advocate, Himanshu Srivastava, filing a plea against the filmmaker and actor Saif Ali Khan.

The case is in the court of Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate (ACJM) in Jaunpur district of Uttar Pradesh. The ACJM court has fixed December 23 as the next date of hearing in the case.

Himanshu Srivastava, a civil court advocate, has given an application through advocate Upendra Vikram Singh under section 156 (3). According to the petition, the plaintiff has deep faith in Sanatan (Hindu) Dharma. He said that Sri Ram has been considered a symbol of good and Ravan, a symbol of evil. In this context, the festival of Vijayadashami is celebrated every year.

The film under the title ‘Adipurush’ is being made on Sri Ram, starring actor Saif Ali Khan as a character very similar to Ravan. The petitioner said that on December 6, Saif Ali Khan said in a media interview that “since Lakshman had cut off the nose of Ravan’s sister Surpnakha, it was justified that Ravan kidnapped Sita”.

Saif also said in the interview that through this film, “the benevolent and humane side of Ravan will be projected”. Saif who plays the antagonist had later apologised and withdrawn his statements.

The plaintiff alleged that Saif Ali’s interview is a negative portrayal of faith and faith in Sanatan Dharma.

Apart from the plaintiff, witnesses Vinod Srivastava, Ajit Singh, Brijesh Nishad, Nilesh Nishad, Surya Prakash Singh and Vivek Tiwari also saw and heard the interview through Internet media at 8 p.m. on December 9. This has hurt their religious sentiments, the petitioner claimed.

Wrong notions of history & history of breaking the law

Saif Ali Khan is no stranger to doltish statements or brushes with the law. The self-declared ‘history buff’ once claimed that there was ‘no concept of India before the British came’ and that showing true history in movies is ‘populist and dangerous’.

But he can be excused regarding his exalted view of the British colonisers, seeing that the princely state of Pataudi (of which Saif is today the nominal 10th Nawab) was established in 1804 by the British and gifted to Saif’s ancestor Faiz Talab Khan for aiding them in their battle against the Marathas in the second Anglo-Maratha war (1802-05).

Saif Ali Khan’s lack of knowledge about pre-Islamic Bharat also probably stems from the fact that his Afghan Pashtun forefather Salamat Khan arrived in Bharat in 1480 CE during the time of Bahlul, an Afghan of the Lodi tribe who established the Lodi dynasty which ruled the Delhi Sultanate from 1451 to 1526. In the 18th Century, Alaf Khan of the family assisted the Mughal ruler in his battle against the Maharaja of Jaipur, for which he was rewarded with Kalam Mahal (Pataudi House near Delhi Gate) to serve as the family residence.

After divorcing his first wife Amrita Singh who was 12 years elder to him, the scion of the Pataudi royal family has now married Kareena Kapoor Khan who is 10 years younger to him. The couple named their first born son Taimur, after the Turko-Mongol tyrant Timur aka Taimur, Temur, Tamerlane, or Timur-e-Lang (“Timur the Lame”). Timur anointed himself the ‘Sword of Islam’ and slaughtered around 17 million people during his campaigns of terror. His invasion of Bharat as part of an ‘expedition against infidels’ in 1398 and the subsequent sack of Delhi killed lakhs of Hindus.

In 1998, Saif Ali Khan and other Bollywood celebs (Salman Khan, Sonali Bendre etc) were charged with poaching endangered blackbucks (also considered sacred by local Hindus of Bishnoi community), near Jodhpur, Rajasthan. While others were acquitted by a local court, Salman Khan was convicted and awarded a 5-year jail sentence which he challenged and the case is ongoing. Rajasthan government has appealed the acquittal of Saif and others in the case, and that appeal is also being heard in a Jodhpur court.

In 2012, Saif and his friends, Bilal Amrohi and Shakeel Ladak, were charged under IPC sections 325 (punishment for voluntarily causing grievous hurt), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) for assaulting NRI businessman Iqbal Sharma and his father-in-law Ramanbhai Patel in a 5-star-hotel in Mumbai. Sharma claimed in his complaint that the noise from Saif and co’s table was disturbing them and when he objected, Saif beat him up. Last heard, the case was set to go to trial.

(With IANS inputs)

(Featured image shows Saif Saif Ali Khan and Neelam Kothari outside a Jodhpur Court in the blackbuck poaching case. Pic/Pallav Paliwal)

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