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Laal Singh Chaddha: Aamir faces heat for disrespecting Army, hurting 'religious sentiments'

According to advocate Advocate Vineet Jindal, defamatory statement was directed at the majority community
Aamir Khan in and as 'Laal Singh Chaddha'
Aamir Khan in and as 'Laal Singh Chaddha'
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Our Bureau, Agencies   |   Published 12.08.22, 10:13 PM

Aamir Khan, who had earlier known for sparking social media backlash for his comments, is again in the news for all the wrong reasons.

Khan’s film Laal Singh Chaddha, which was released in theatres on August 11, is facing legal trouble after a complaint has been filed against the actor, the film, and others involved with it for allegedly ‘disrespecting the Indian Army and hurting Hindu sentiments’.

According to a media report, a Delhi-based lawyer submitted a complaint to Delhi Police commissioner Sanjay Arora on Friday, alleging that the portrayal of the Indian Army in Laal Singh Chaddha has disrespected the armed forces.

Aamir, who is one of the producers of the film, along with Paramount Pictures, and director Advait Chandan, are facing the allegation.

Advocate Vineet Jindal, in his complaint alleged that there was objectionable content in the movie, has sought registration of an FIR under sections 153 (wantonly giving provocation with intent to cause riot), 153A (promoting enmity between different groups), 298 (wounding the religious feelings of any person), and 505 (statements conducing to public mischief) of the IPC against the concerned parties.

In his complaint, he said, "In the movie, the makers have depicted that a mentally challenged person was allowed to join Army to fight in the Kargil War. It is a well-known fact that the best army personnel were sent to fight the Kargil war and rigorously trained army personnel fought the war but the movie makers intentionally depicted the said situation to demoralise and defame the Indian army."

The advocate made his objection apparent mentioning a scene where a Pakistani personnel asked Laal Singh Chaddha – “I offer Namaz and pray, Laal, why don't you do the same?” and the latter repplied, “my mother said all this puja paath is malaria. It causes riots.”

According to Jindal, defamatory statement was directed at the Hindu community. The comment read, “This statement shows his intent of waging war and activating enmity between different groups on the grounds of religion which is against the ideology of a secular democratic country like and also mischief against Indian army which is a criminal offence as per the law of the land.”

Meanwhile, England cricketer Monty Panesar had also expressed his grievance over the movie. Panesar, who has his roots in Punjab, said, “Forrest Gump fits in the US Army because the US was recruiting low IQ men to meet requirements for the Vietnam War. This movie is total disgrace to India Armed Forces Indian Army and Sikhs !!Disrespectful. Disgraceful. #BoycottLalSinghChadda."

Besides Aamir, Laal Singh Chaddha also stars Kareena Kapoor, Mona Singh, and Naga Chaitanya.

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