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Ajay Devgn’s ‘Thank God’ lands in legal trouble for ‘hurting religious’ sentiments

By: Divya Thearia

14 September 2022(New Delhi): Ajay Devgn-Sidharth Malhotra’s ‘Thank God’ had landed itself in legal trouble. A case has been filed against director Indra Kumar, actors Ajay Devgn and Siddhartha Malhotra, in a Jaunpur court by lawyer Himanshu Srivastava. The petitioner’s statement will be recorded on November 18. According to the petitioner, the film’s trailer which has been released mocks religion and has hurt religious sentiments.

What was the petition against the film?

In his petition, Srivastava said that Ajay Devgn, wearing a suit, is seen playing Chitragupta and in one of the scene he is seen cracking jokes and using objectionable language. “Chitragupta is regarded as the Lord of Karma and keeps a record of a man’s good and bad deeds. Such depiction of Gods can create an unpleasant situation since it hurts religious sentiments,” the petition said.

The trailer also features Nora Fatehi, who plays an ‘apsara (angel)’, to check ‘vasana’ or lust in Sidharth. Ajay is then heard saying: “Parayi aurat ko behen aur maa ki nazar se dekhna chahiye (A woman other than your spouse should be respected like your own mother or sister)”.

Ajay also tells Sidharth in the trailer that: “Tum jaante ho insaano ki sabse badhi galti kya hai? Tum bhagwaan ko toh maante ho, lekin bhagwaan ki ek nahi maante (The biggest mistake you humans make is that you believe in God but do not listen to what he says).”

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