Salman Khan and Kartina Kaif starrer Bharat has found itself in troubled waters days ahead of its release on 5 June
A PIL (Public Interest Litigation) has been filed in the Delhi High Court seeking change of the title of the much-anticipated film.
The PIL was filed by activist Vipin Tyagi who said that the word “Bharat” cannot be used for commercial purposes.
He has requested the Delhi High Court to direct the producer and director of the film to change the title of the movie.
Tyagi said that the title was in violation of Section 3 of Emblems and Names (Prevention of Improper Use) Act which prohibits the use of names “Bharat” for any trade, business and profession.
As per the Constitution, “Bharat” is the official name of the country, he argued.
He also sought a change in a dialogue that’s been doing the rounds since the film’s trailer released. Tyagi demanded that the dialogue in which Salman is being compared to the country should be changed.
He further asked the court to put an end to tricks of encashing on people’s patriotic sentiments.
He said that if such things didn’t stop then patriotism will have a new vulgar look, IANS quoted him as saying. The activist added that after watching the trailer, he concluded that that the film was a typical entertainer.
“Having watched the South Korean film, I felt there is no need to name this film after our nation. It is merely a shameless, cunning stratagem to encash the deep rooted feelings for the country, which was treasured by every Indian, in their hearts,” the petitioner said.
Bharat is an adaptation of South Korean blockbuster An Ode To My Father (2014), and also stars Disha Patani, Tabu, Sunil Grover and Jackie Shroff among others.