Shah Rukh Khan’s upcoming movie is in trouble even before the world could take a whiff of it. An Ahmedabad court issued notice to the Bollywood superstar’s production house Red Chillies Entertainment Private Limited in response to a suit filed by the son of a Gujarati gangster who claims that the movie is an attempt at defaming his father.
Civil court judge RT Vatsani issued notices to Red Chillies and co-producers Excel Entertainment and Rahul Dholakia Productions. Replies are to be filed by May 11.
The film is reportedly based on the life of gangster Abdul Latif. His son Mustaq Ahmad also sought injunction against the release of the film as well as its promotional material.
The second part of the film shows Latif in a very defamatory manner and damages the family’s reputation, the suit says, while demanding Rs 101 crore in damages.
The petitioner claims that when the script was being researched, his family members were consulted and the producers had also advertised that the film was based on Latif’s life.
The film, starring Shahrukh, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Mahira Khan, tells the story of Raees Khan, a bootlegger who operated in 1980’s Gujarat. It will release on July 3.
Latif, wanted in dozens of cases of murder, kidnapping and bootlegging, was said to be a part of Dawood Ibrahim gang. He was arrested in 1995 and killed by police in 1997 while trying to escape from Sabarmati jail here.