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PIL filed against 'Bharat Mata ki' song from 'Shanghai'


Subhajit Sengupta, Rohit Vats, IBNLive.com
Jun 05, 2012 at 06:49pm IST

New Delhi: A petition has been filed in the Delhi High Court for an interim stay on the release of forthcoming Bollywood film 'Shanghai' until its controversial song 'Bharat Mata ki jai' is removed from the film. Tejinder Bagga of Bhagat Singh Kranti Sena, has filed the petition, "We have problems with the words used in the song. Sone ki chidiya, dengue, malaria, gud bhi hai, gobar bhi, Bharat Mata ki jai. Bharat Mata is not a person, it's not a political party, it's not a system either. She is like a goddess to every Indian. In our national song Vande Mataram, she is compared to the goddess Durga. And, here she is told to be the home of such diseases, so, we have a strong objection to it."

Tejinder Bagga also had a conversation with the singer-composer of the song Vishal Dadlani on micro blogging site Twitter, "I had a conversation with Vishal Dadlani, around a month ago, where I pleaded him to take out the objectionable words from the song. This doesn't seem to be a mistake, it's deliberate. Then he tweeted that Tejinder Bagga is threatening him. Then we thought probably he is seeking some cheap publicity, so we kept silence for one month before filing a police case. We want punishment for such people."

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"Vishal said you remove dengue, malaria from the country and I will remove these words from the song, then I asked him 'is there any country in this world which is devoid of diseases, but is it fair to make any disease the identity of that country,'" asks Tejinder Singh Bagga.

PIL against 'Bharat Mata ki' song from 'Shanghai'

The court has not given any decision on the controversy yet. 'Shanghai' is scheduled to hit the screens on June 8.

Bagga further says, "We filed one FIR against the song. When a prominent media house asked Dibakar Banerjee about it, he said that he will follow whatever the Indian constitution says, but he should have the freedom of expression. This statement shows that Dibakar clearly knows that the song is hurting the people's sentiments, but probably he is waiting for a controversy to evolve."

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This is not the first time when Tejinder Singh Bagga is in the news. Earlier, his name had featured in the Prashant Bhushan assault case. The court has still not given any decision on the controversy. 'Shanghai' is scheduled to hit the screens on June 8.

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