The controversial movie, “The Accidental Prime Minister” seems to have hit all the wrong chords with the rising legal troubles for the film just about three days before its release scheduled for January 11.
The movie stole the limelight with its striking plot portraying the reign of former Prime Minister of India, Dr Manmohan Singh from 2004 to 2014 under the United Progressive Alliance along with several other prominent leaders.
In a severe blow against the multi-starrer movie, a Muzaffarpur Sub Divisional Judge, Gaurab Kamal today, ordered lodging of an FIR against actors Anupam Kher, Akshay Khanna and 15 others associated with the upcoming movie at Kanti Police station in the district.
Pertinently, Advocate Sudhir Kumar Ojha had moved a Bihar court on January 2, creating legal troubles for the film, alleging that the film showcases various public figures in a bad light and hampers their image.
The petitioner filed a complaint under Sections 295, 153, 153A, 293, 504 and 120B of IPC, against the star cast of the movie including actor Anupam Kher, impersonating former economist and PM of India, Akshay Khanna, depicting noted journalist Sanjay Baru–a media advisor to the ex-PM and on whose controversial book the film is said to be based and several others alongside the Director and Producer of the film.
On the same day, in yet another setback to the movie, a fresh petition has been moved against the film by petitioner Anumit Singh through counsel Kannan Malik before the Punjab and Haryana High Court division bench headed by Chief Justice Krishna Murari, seeking for a stay on its screening across India.
Accusing the movie of showing public figure, Dr Manmohan Singh in a bad light, the petitioner in his plea asserted that the movie is a threat towards the integrity and authority of the Prime Minister's office.
The petition filed against the Union of India and other respondents purports to challenge the 'certification' granted to the film, contending that as per the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) guidelines any film portraying or based on real-life characters have to obtain a no objection certificate mandatorily.
Taking the submissions placed by the Petitioner into account, the Bench fixed the matter for hearing on Wednesday.