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Complaint filed against Salman Khan production Loveratri for ‘hurting’ religious sentiments

The complainant also alleged that the film portrays the festival of Navratri in bad light. 

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A Bihar based lawyer filed a case on Thursday against actor Salman Khan’s next production Loveratri for allegedly hurting the sentiments of Hindus and portraying the festival of Navratri in bad light, as reported by the news agency PTI. Directed by debutant Abhiraj Minawala, the film marks the debut of Aayush Sharma and Warina Hussain. The film is about a love story that takes place during the festival of Navratri.

The complainant Sudhir Kumar Ojha has filed his complaint under IPC (Indian Penal Code) Sections 295 (injuring or defiling place of worship), 298 (uttering words with deliberate intent to wound religious feelings), 153 (want only giving provocation with intent to cause riot), 153B (assertions, imputations prejudicial to national integration) and 120(B) (criminal conspiracy).

The complaint will be heard by the sub-divisional judicial magistrate on 12 September.

The film also features Salman's brothers — Arbaaz and Sohail Khan.

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There has been a controversy against the title of the film with some right wing groups expressing their discontent. Earlier this week, Salman reacted to the controversy during the launch of the new season of his television show, Bigg Boss.

“Some people, I don't know who they are, have some problem with title of the film. It is a beautiful title. There is nothing more beautiful than love, so it is called 'Loveratri'. It is not demeaning any culture. Our prime minister is from that culture. So, when you play a character, like I played a sardar in a film or I played a Haryanvi in Sultan, I do it with a lot of respect,” he had said.

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The actor added that all controversies would be put to rest once the film releases. “We are making the film with Navratri in the backdrop. We have made this beautiful film celebrating the music, colour, love and the fun of festive season. We don't need any publicity like that. Once the film is released those people will know there is nothing,” added Salman.

He believes that apart from the CBFC (Central Board of Film Certification), nobody has a say on a film. “The censor board is the right body to decide. I am sure it will get a 'U' certificate. And if the censor board has given the certificate then I don't think anybody has the right to say anything,” he said.

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Loveratri will be released on 5 October.

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