Saif Ali Khan in legal trouble for hurting religious sentiments

A legal case has been filed against Saif Ali Khan by an advocate in Jaunpur, Uttar Pradesh. Following the actor’s recent interview about his upcoming movie Adipurush, the actor said that the film would reveal the “humane” side of Ravan. Adipurush is the screen adaptation of Ramayana.

Saif will play the antagonist Lankesh whose character is based on on Ravan in the Om Raut directorial. Alongside him, South Indian star Prabhas will be staring in a role inspired by Lord Ram.

The petition filed by the advocate states that Saif Ali Khan’s controversial interview from December 6 cited him saying that Ravan was justified in kidnapping Sita because Ram’s younger brother Laksman had cut his sister Surpanakha’s nose.

In the Mumbai Mirror interview, Saif had said, “It’s interesting to play a demon king, less strictures in that. But we will make him humane, up the entertainment quotient, justify his abduction of Sita and the war with Ram as revenge for what was done to his sister Surpanakha by Lakshman, who cut off her nose.”

These comments invited harsh criticism from religious people on twitter following which Saif withdrew his comments.

According to IANS, the plaintiff has alleged that Saif Ali Khan’s interview is a negative portrayal of “faith” and “faith in Sanatan Dharma”. The plaintiff claims that he isn’t the only one to feel this way and that six other acquaintances’ sentiments were hurt by Saif’s comments.

The case is in the court of Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate (ACJM), who has fixed December 23 as the next date of hearing.