A Delhi court on Tuesday stayed the release of Bollywood movie Ram Leela, starring Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone. The movie directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali is scheduled to be released on November 15.
Additional District Judge A.S. Jayachandra, in an ex-parte
interim order, restrained the movie's director Sanjay Leela
Bhansali and Eros promoters from releasing the movie till further
The court's order came on a suit filed by six petitioners,
including Prabhu Samaj Dharmik Ram Leela Committee, saying the
movie hurt the religious sentiments of Hindus as it contains sex,
violence and vulgarity.
The plea said the word 'Ram Leela' is associated with Lord Rama
and people will also watch this movie with an expectation that it
would be related to his life but the film will hurt their
It added that the name of the movie should be changed as it has
nothing to do with mythology and it is misleading. The title
Ram Leela, understood by Hindus as enactment of the life
and story of Lord Ram (Maryada Purushottam), is nowhere doing the
same. On the contrary, the film is portraying sex, violence and
vulgarity, which is deeply hurting the religious sentiments and
feelings of Hindus, the petitioners said.
Earlier, the Delhi High Court had refused to ban the movie and
also imposed a cost of Rs.50,000 on an NGO which had moved the plea
against the film.