2 Army officers want ban on Rahul Dholakia`s film "Lamhaa"
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Last Updated: Thursday, August 26, 2010, 22:02
New Delhi: Two serving officers of the Army today approached the Delhi High Court seeking a ban on screening of Rahul Dholakia-directed film 'Lamhaa' alleging it has depicted the force in a poor light.

Colonel Rajiv Mehrotra and Captain Rahul Soni filed a PIL before a Division Bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Manmohan also seeking an order restraining TV channel 'Colors' from telecasting the film on August 29.

The Bench, after watching the film CD in the chamber, declined to pass a stay order against the channel but asked the petitioners to approach the Censor Board by tomorrow and file a representation raising the issue.

The Sanjay Dutt and Bipasha Basu-starrer movie was released in the theatres in July this year. The Court has issued a notice to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Censor Board and the film producer and sought their reply within two weeks.

Appearing for the petitioners, counsel Jyoti Singh submitted that the "objectionable" scenes and dialogues in the movie were eliciting sharp reaction from jawans who were feeling hurt.

Seeking a ban on the screening of the movie in threatres and also the TV channel, the officers contended the movie has focused on Jammu and Kashmir crises and the demand for a separate state, depicting army officers in a poor light.

"The Army officers were shown in nexus with terrorist organisations, Pakistani businessmen and ISI links. There are scenes and conversations where deals are being struck with army officers in consideration for opening of borders for a few hours so as to permit safe ingress of the terrorists into the country," the officers alleged.

".....If the movie is telecast, a much greater damage will occur to the image of the Indian Army whose soldiers are day and night aspiring to protect the citizens of this country," as per the petitioners. The Court fixed September 22 as the next date for hearing of the matter.


First Published: Thursday, August 26, 2010, 22:02

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