Anarkali lands Housefull 2 in legal trouble

By Hindustan Times

Producer Sajid Nadiadwala’s soon-to-be-released comedy Housefull 2 may be headed for trouble. The Maharashtra wing of the NGO, Bharatiya Bhrashtachar Nivaran Sanstha has raised objections to the song, Anarkali Disco Chali… They claim that the song’s lyrics spread disinformation and distort history.

The NGO that operates all over the country takes up cases of corruption in the BMC, helps educate children and facilitates police-related issues.

The NGO feels that the line, Oye Hoye Chod Chaad Ke Apne Saleem Ki Gali, Anarkali Disco Chali… from the song could have a negative impact on children.

Maharashtra president of the NGO, Sameer Rai says, “We don’t have any objection to the cast and crew of the film. I’m sure they don’t even know their history well. Our problem is with producer Nadiadwala. We want to ask him if he knows the importance of Saleem in our country’s history. In the Maharashtra School Board curriculum, you find lessons on Saleem, who is the son of Mughal emperor Akbar. After listening to the song, children in the state would wonder why Saleem stayed in a gali (passage) or why Anarkali (Saleem’s love interest according to history) went to a disco.”

Sameer claims he had called up Nadiadwala’s office and wasn’t allowed to speak to him. Instead, the phone was handed over to an employee. He plans to file a PIL against the song on Monday, once the courts open after a three-day break. Rai says, “Before filing the case on Monday, we will send a legal notice to Nadiadwala. We want the lyrics of Anarkali… to be changed or else we will request the court to stop the release. We can’t allow people to misrepresent our past.” Nadiadwala was unavailable for comment. The film releases on April 5.

Anarkali Sisco Chali..., is filmed in a nightclub and stars Malaika Arora Khan, Akshay Kumar, John Abraham, Riteish Deshmukh among others dancing to it.

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