Salman Khan’s 'Bharat' taken to court over film's title

10:47 AM | 1 Jun, 2019
Salman Khan’s 'Bharat' taken to court over film's title
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DELHI- What’s a mega release without its share of controversies? A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) has been filed in the Delhi High Court seeking change of the title of Salman Khan's upcoming movie Bharat.

Salman Khan’s character in his film is called Bharat but there is a legal dispute over the usage of the name, reported Hindustan Times.

The PIL demands change of the title, claiming the film is “distorting the culture and political image of our great country Bharat.”

The plea was filed on Thursday by activist Vipin Tyagi who 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 commercial or professional purposes.

Not only this, Tyagi has also appealed for a change in the dialogue where the character has been compared to the country, saying that it hurts “patriotic sentiments.”

Tyagi said, “This film is fraught with Salman’s typical flippancy and vulgarity. Being a ‘Bharatiya’, I feel it is not appropriate to name such film or any character associated with this film after our great nation.”

Directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, Bharat houses a star-studded cast including Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Tabu, Nora Fatehi, Disha Patani, Sunil Grover and Jackie Shroff.

The film is to be released on June 5.