Delhi HC dismisses petition seeking stay on release of Salman’s ‘Bharat’


NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court on Monday dismissed a plea seeking stay on the release of Bollywood superstar Salman Khan’s forthcoming movie ‘Bharat’. This court didn’t find any merit in the arguments of the petitioner and dismissed the plea.

The Division Bench of Justices JR Midha and Chandershekar observed that the petitioner filed the PIL without watching the movie and that his opinion is based only on the three-minute trailer.

The PIL was filed last week by petitioner Vikas Tyagi and had also sought a change of the title of ‘Bharat’. Tyagi, in his petition, stated that the movie is “distorting the culture and political image of our great country ‘Bharat’.”

He had contended that the title of the film is in violation of Section 3 of Emblems and Names (Prevention of Improper Use) Act, according to which the word ‘Bharat’ cannot be used for the commercial purpose.

He had also sought change in one of the dialogues of the film where the character has been compared to the country, contending that it hurts the patriotic sentiments of citizens.

“This film is fraught with Salman’s typical flippancy and vulgarity. Being a ‘Bharatiya’, I feel it is not appropriate to name such film or any character associated with this film after our great nation,” Tyagi said. The movie, which also stars Katrina Kaif, is slated for a release on June 5. (ANI)

Dabangg 3

Filmmaker Ali Abbas Zafar’s upcoming film ‘Bharat’ starring Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif in lead roles is barely days away from release and once the film arrives in theatres, its lead actor will shift its focus to the third edition of ‘Dabangg’.

Salman Khan is currently having a busy schedule as he has been travelling across the country promoting his film. After the release of ‘Bharat’, he will drive straight to the sets of ‘Dabangg 3’ and will kickstart the third schedule of the film.

The first two schedules of ‘Dabangg 3’ were shot in Maheshwar and on the outskirts of Mumbai.

According to Mumbai Mirror, the team will begin shooting for the film on June 15, 2019. The website quoted a source saying that the set designers have erected a balcony facing a lake at Mehboob Studio in Mumbai. The third edition of ‘Dabangg’ is expected to have a strong family angle, unlike the first two instalments. The source further added that at least 30 percent of the film will be shot on the sets, in Mehboob Studio.

In the meantime, speculations have been there that ‘Naagin’ actress Mouni Roy will feature in an item song “Munna Badnam Hua” and will reportedly play the love interest of Khan in the film.

‘Dabangg 3’ also stars Sonakshi Sinha and Mahesh Manjrekar’s daughter Ashwami. It is slated to hit the screens on December 20, 2019. The film was previously expected to clash with Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt starrer ‘Brahmastra’, which has now been postponed to 2020.