Pune-based NGO moves court seeking ban on ‘Bajirao Mastani’

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An NGO had filed a case in a Pune court seeking a ban on Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s multi-starrer yet-to-be-released movie ‘Bajirao Mastani,’ on the grounds that it distorted history relating to late king Shrimant Bajirao Peshwe and his family members.

The case is scheduled to come up for hearing on 26 November before Pune Metropolitan Magistrate S S Bhule, according to advocate Wajid Khan, who appeared on behalf of Hemant Patil, president of NGO- Bharat against Corruption, which approached the court to file the plea.

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The petition, filed yesterday, alleged that historical facts had been wrongly portrayed in the film while showing late king Bajirao Peshwe and his wives Kashibai and Mastani.

The “Pinga” song in the film shows leading heroines Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone dancing together, which, the petitioner said “distorts” history.

‘Pinga’ dance is an integral part of Marathi culture and has been portrayed as an ‘item song’ in the film, the petition alleged as reported by PTI.

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Besides Bhansali, Priyanka and Deepika too have been named as respondents.

The Magistrate has allowed the petitioner’s plea on the point of jurisdiction of the Magistrate court in Pune to hear the matter, said Wajid Khan.

Earlier, Prasadrao Peshwe, the descendant of Bajirao Peshwa I, had also alleged that historical facts had been “altered” while portraying the late king and his wives in the film.

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In a letter written to Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis yesterday, Prasadrao has demanded that the government look into the matter, review the soon-to-be-released film, investigate the matter and take a decision accordingly.

The film is set for release on 18 December. The fans had gone hysterical after the makers of this film released its trailer.

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